Most foreign prisoners from Zim, Moz

2011-06-24 14:16

Cape Town - South Africa shares its land borders with six other states in the region, but by far the majority of foreign nationals serving time in its prisons come from just two of them - Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

According to a written reply by Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to a parliamentary question, tabled on Friday, more than two-thirds (67.5%) of foreign sentenced inmates come from these two countries.

The reply reveals there are 4 982 sentenced foreigners in SA prisons. Of this total, 1 913 come from Zimbabwe, and 1 449 from Mozambique.

There are a further 3 931 foreigners in prison awaiting trial, a group correctional services refers to as "remand detainees". Of this total, 1 887 are Zimbabweans, and 916 come from Mozambique.

In contrast, 605 sentenced offenders come from Lesotho, 100 from Swaziland, 11 from Namibia and 10 from Botswana.

There are also 426 Nigerians behind bars, of whom 184 are sentenced offenders and 242 in the awaiting-trial category.

According to correctional services' website, there are 159 265 prison inmates in South Africa, of whom 110 905 are sentenced offenders, and 48 360 awaiting-trial detainees.

These figures are for the end of February this year.

The website states that the total "actual accommodation capacity" in the department's prisons is for 118 154 inmates.

  • daaivark - 2011-06-24 14:21

    The others just don't get caught.

      TGSA - 2011-06-25 11:41

      That may well be the case (that others do not get caught) but since the 'foreign prisoner population" is less than 3%, I am wondering a bit about this article. Gives the impression (at least initially...) that there is a huge number of foreigners in our jails, but that ain't so! Almost xenophobic?

  • farmworker - 2011-06-24 14:28

    Amazing so what is happening to the Nigerian. Are the police afraid of them or bribery is the reason where they are still roaming the street.

      SirVic - 2011-06-24 14:44

      I would also like to know is it possible that the Nigerians manage to stay out of jail??????

      BRONZE - 2011-06-24 14:49

      Nigerians work like the mafia. They have enough money to pay off the police. In Durban there is a police station right in the middle of Nigerian drug dealers, pimps, etc. but its business as usual for our foreign friends. The cops get paid enough by them to ensure protection.

      farmworker - 2011-06-24 15:22

      I further believe we have far more Police officers that that number of prisoners, and we still have more criminals walking freely on the street. I overheard someone talking about Tag and release programme so as to relief the prisons overflowing

      Solo Wave - 2011-06-25 01:08

      No wonder you are a farm worker, most offenders are locals but you still blame Nigerians for crime in SA. If you claim they bribe the police of which you have no proof, aren't the police South Africans? Just admit your xenophoblic tendencies and stop blaming everybody else for your problems.

  • nic69ers - 2011-06-24 14:29

    Why dont they end them back to their sh1thole country instead of wasting the taxpayers money!!

      nosiphom - 2011-06-24 14:49

      Cause they will jump on the next taxi back and commit crimes again, and again taxpayers money must be used to send them back - same difference, we can't win.

      mamakalami - 2011-06-24 15:58

      Even if we were to deport the foreign nationals we'd still have +/- 155000 South Africans who have committed crimes - which is troubling.

      Meanleader - 2011-06-24 16:15

      Ja 150 000 of them are ANC criminals !!!!!!!

  • Steen - 2011-06-24 14:32

    No suprises there.......

  • Klip - 2011-06-24 14:34

    Will this not cause more xenophobia attacks? Is that the reason why we need to know the stats? (Just thinking with my fingers)

  • Mad man - 2011-06-24 14:34

    They were brought in this country as cheap labour by white people. Fortunately our police system works well and they were caught - sad thing to whites

      allie - 2011-06-24 14:42

      No.They have been chased from their countries by the likes of you.Racist.

      THE.SRG - 2011-06-24 14:47

      another shot by mad man to blame the are a funny guy,blame the anc for making it so easy for them to cross the borders you brain dead fool

      THE.SRG - 2011-06-24 14:52

      and by the way they only coming here cause the left their free country of a sh*t hole where they starving cause of another brain dead fool call rob mugabe,who is great friends with the guy you so love the brain dead fool malema who wants to do the same here as rob did, really are a two faced guy

      50something - 2011-06-24 14:53


      Anton - 2011-06-24 15:11

      You got so much hatred and racism in you, that you are blinded for the true facts. Off course, the Zimbabweans would be the highest in , foreign prisoners, There are MILLIONS of Zimbabweans in SA. If it would be the Spanish or the Japanese,who were here in the Millions, than they would be the highest in , foreign prisoners, STOP BLAMING THE FOREIGNERS FOR OUR UNBELIEVABLE HIGH CRIME RATE 20 YEARS AGO, WHEN THERE WAS HARDLY A ZIMBABWEAN LIVING IN SA, OR FOR THAT MATTER ANY AFRICANS FROM NORTH OF OUR BORDER, ALSO THAN WE HAD ONE OF THE HIGHEST CRIME RATES IN THE WORLD !!!!!!!!!!!!!

      tams - 2011-06-24 16:23

      mad man, your govt allow all the scrap into our country, no influx control, all criminals welcome to the banana republic, criminal's paradise.

      Joker - 2011-06-24 17:36

      @madman you have my troll detector going bananas. Even a broken clock is right at least twice a day

      Antonio Ashley Morientes - 2011-07-26 09:03

      Mad man you're sounding just as mad as your name. Look here the statistics reads as follows: - There are 4982 sentenced foreigners in SA prisons. Of this 1913 come from Zimbabwe, 1449 from Mozambique, 605 from Lesotho, 100 from Swaziland, 11 from Namibia, 10 from Botswana, 184 from Nigeria and 710 un accounted. Overal, there are 159,265 prison inmates in SA. So if you subtract 4982 from 159,265 the answer is 154,283 meaning our own men and women account for this figure. One must be really foolish to even think of commenting like you did. keeping a blind eye as a result of this crime will never stop in this country because of poeple like you who cant read between the lines. You must reevise your maths.

  • VELOCITY - 2011-06-24 14:37

    Ooooh it must be cosy in prison, space for 118K but 159K actually inside. I hope they all like it in there.

      Zion - 2011-06-24 18:07

      Ya, some like it hot.

  • Shadoz - 2011-06-24 14:38

    The most desturbing this is that they accually get 3 meals a day and are taken care of here. send these criminals home to there jails. I don't wanna pay for them 2.

  • jobho - 2011-06-24 14:42

    There are 159 265 inmates in South Africa and 8 913 of those are foreigners (including awaiting trial inmates) so basically 5.59% are foreigners. Meaning 94.41% are locals. interesting statistics

      Crimore - 2011-06-24 15:02

      The stats dont justify the killings (if we stoop low and try to justify it)of foreigners caught on the wrong side of the law. It actually raises questions why we dont kill our own when we know them; Which sums up the point that killing of foreigners is just xenophobia rather than justice for the crimes they commit, considering the numbers.

      THE.SRG - 2011-06-24 15:03

      and how many of that 94.41 are white i america where the whites are the majority the inmates are a higher percentage black..i wonder why?hmmmmm

      King FatAss - 2011-06-24 15:06

      true that my bru, to add on, there are over 3 million legal immigrants in RSA(we dont know how many million are illegal) and ONLY 3000 are behind bars- Which is nothing! We should work on our issues really HARD!!!!

  • Bee_boy - 2011-06-24 14:48

    the only reason they in prison coz they cant bribe like their richer central africa counterparts

  • 50something - 2011-06-24 14:52

    Foreigners being held at our expense. Still say thatgovernment is is not strick enough on letting foreigners in, they are responsible for a fair amount of crime due to problems in their own countries

      TGSA - 2011-06-26 18:12

      Well, some South Africans are also held in prisons abroad, correct (i.e. Switzerland and Brazil, for instance!)?

  • daaivark - 2011-06-24 15:07

    Bunch of sick racists of all colours in here. Sis.

      King FatAss - 2011-06-24 15:19

      When people say there is no racism in RSA, i simply say "Chek out new24" Whatever news there is, Somebody has got to bring drag the issue of Race in it" Really disgusting....what kind of society are we?

      THE.SRG - 2011-06-24 15:22

      better to put out the facts than sit on our arses doing nothing my friend,fact is fact and you can go read the stats yourself,im not a racist im a realist

      farmworker - 2011-06-24 15:35

      I think is more about Patriotism/nationality or something of that sort as opposed to racism

      Shadoz - 2011-06-24 16:01

      well maybe this is the only place people can vent what they really feel daaivark. At the end of the day it it's not only whites that are racist. I like to know how my fellow South Africans feel even if that makes me angry. People like Kolobe or polydonkey are two examples. At the end of the day if you don't like it piss off.

  • Anonymus - 2011-06-24 15:08

    that what happens when SA has no border control or a poor excuse for one!

      Zion - 2011-06-24 18:12

      Maybe just the abuse of ubuntu

  • King FatAss - 2011-06-24 15:09

    This should not make headlines....what would anyone expect given that over 60% of foreigners in this country are ZIMBOS?

      THE.SRG - 2011-06-24 15:24

      its only fueling the fire they need to persecute the zimbos for being here...meanwhile they here only to escape a dictator who apparently has a say in what happens here.its a god damn shame that our guys may be suffering the same deal if the nationalization goes forward and they end up in other african counrties getting the same medicine they dealt out - 2011-06-24 15:28

      Agree. 3% of prisoners are foreign. I'm sure more than 3% of residents are foreign. That makes South Africans the biggest offenders although they have greater benefits. It's like farting then kicking the dog.

      King FatAss - 2011-06-24 15:37

      Yes i agree with you SRG!!!(i have to mention)

  • mamakalami - 2011-06-24 15:10

    South Africans commit the most crimes.

      maseratifitt - 2011-06-24 15:14

      Especially the South African government.

      mamakalami - 2011-06-24 15:29

      The article is about foreign nationals in the prison system - I've had a long day maserafitt - I need intelligent debate to help me get up on Monday and blog on this site again.

      Meanleader - 2011-06-24 17:00

      Mamasalami place such an insipid comment requiring no intellect whatsoever , then berate a man for a pertenent observation !!!! No more exhaust fumes for you son !!!

  • gargmelsmurfeater - 2011-06-24 15:22

    Am I the only one who thinks 159 265 prison inmates out of a population of over 40 million is very little? Build more jails!! Need at least space for a million I think...

  • jamesbond - 2011-06-24 15:23

    And the rest live in hillbrow

      King FatAss - 2011-06-24 15:43

      and until they are caught and charged(which is 95%unlikely, given the corruption rate), they are innocent!

      Shadoz - 2011-06-24 16:04

      I think hillbrow is the prison mate. Once they there it is years before they get out.

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-06-24 15:23

    Crime is high because criminals don't fear the justice system like they used to. You get sentenced, then receive food, clothes and housing. You don't have to work. And then you get early release to make space for the next lot of criminals. And so the cycle continues. If we still had the death penalty for major crime, and major sentencing for everything else. We wouldn't have this problem with so many criminals. And bloody hell, we really do need to get stricter with letting foreigners in. Other leading countries have changed laws to make it harder for all to get in. Why can't we?

      jbjoe - 2011-06-25 01:52

      didnt you read the article? have you not followed the comments above? the problem is not foreigners but locals!

  • Upscale - 2011-06-24 15:43

    Well, when the Zimbabweans are cornered , even the innocent ones, without legal representation and unable to pay a bribe, when brought before a xenophobic prosecutor and judge, and unwilling to be deported to face a dictator for the second round, they will not stand a chance in hell. Those stats tell me a different story. These are numbers of the persecuted majority!

      mamakalami - 2011-06-24 16:14

      Upsacle - with 4000 Zimbambweans in the big house - you can't tell me they are all persecuted. We are not taking about minor offences here or the fact that they were found not carrying the right papers. These are crimes. The option for deportation is seldom on the cards for serious crimes. Please don't tell me they are in prison because they'd rather do time than go home. There is a serious problem here.

  • tdk25 - 2011-06-24 16:37

    Send them home....

  • Joker - 2011-06-24 17:03

    It's good that the prisons are overcrowded, it makes the imprisonment experience less of a picnic and more of a punishment. That's good pack those prisons like sardines in a can

  • Rungano - 2011-07-25 16:27

    funny they call them Prisons, but they are actually 5 star hotels by Zimbabwean standards i would not blame them for scrambling for those cells.

  • Cayllex - 2011-07-25 16:39

    SA Government should do sumthing about this..

  • Malleus - 2011-08-11 10:06

    The zimbabweans and mozambicans are the most violent imports. the nigerians are the most dangerous due to their total lack of scruples. it takes three different nationalities to describe south africans.

  • Jabu777 - 2011-08-11 16:26

    As long as we have this massive gap between the rich and poor crime will remain a big problem. We need to address the issue of unemployment and I think we must be encouraging entrepreneurs instead of spending millions on useless youth conferences which do not benefit young people in this country.

  • Nomxolisi Mahambehlala - 2013-05-06 01:20

    I'm tired of these zimbabwens pretending to be saints in reality most are criminals they must be taken out Óf this country

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