Living conditions not too bad at Pollsmoor - inmates

2015-08-18 20:19
Michael Masutha (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Michael Masutha (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - Greetings - and some profanities - were shouted across the courtyards of Pollsmoor Prison on Tuesday as Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha embarked on an operational visit of the facility.

Masutha, during his first visit to Pollsmoor, met with the department’s regional executive management team to discuss issues plaguing the prison. 

Tattooed arms waved from the windows as the minister and correctional services officials visited various sections of the facility.

“Kom haal my; ek wil saamloop! [Come fetch me; I want to walk with you!]” one bare-chested prisoner called.

During a walkabout, Masutha visited a cell where he chatted to inmates about their living conditions.

All said they were reasonably comfortable and gave the food an enthusiastic thumbs up.

Apart from a few grumbles about how only the first five prisoners in the shower had the benefit of hot water, there were no other complaints.

An inmate, who has been behind bars for four years for robbery, said while the conditions in prison were somewhat bearable, he missed home.

“I can’t wait to get out of here and do things like hug my mother and walk my sister to school,” he said.

“I have been keeping my head down here and sticking to the rules because I don’t want to stay here for one extra day. Yoh, I never want to come back once I am released. Never, ever again.”

Another prisoner, who is serving a 12 year sentence for armed robbery, said while being behind bars is “definitely not lekker”, his living conditions were “not too bad”.

“It gets really cold here at night, so I would like it if they could fix all the windows,” he said.

“Other than that, everything is okay. Obviously I would prefer to be outside [of prison], but while I am in, I will try to make the best of the situation.”

Masutha encouraged inmates who were studying to work hard and stay focused.

“We don’t send people to prison to rot,” he said. “There needs to be intervention so that once they are released on parole, they do not reoffend.”

Read more on:    michael masutha  |  cape town  |  prisons

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
18 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
ADVERTORIAL
Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

/News
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.