Paraded prisoners' rights 'violated'

2012-03-16 09:20

Johannesburg - The parading of three re-arrested escapees at a media conference by the authorities was shocking and concerning, lawyers said on Friday.

The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) said bringing the prisoners to a media conference had violated the men's basic human rights.

The incident could be misconstrued by the public and encourage a culture of vigilantism, LSSA said.

"The public could be led to believe that offenders, awaiting trial or convicted, are not entitled to basic rights, including the right to dignity."

LSSA co-chairs Nano Matlala and Praveen Sham said in a statement that chapter three of the Correctional Services Act (1998) stipulated prisoners must be kept in custody under conditions of human dignity. The minimum rights of prisoners entrenched in the act may also not be violated or restricted for disciplinary or any other purposes.

The three convicts, Bongani Moyo, Themba Dube and Khumbulani Sibanda escaped from Pretoria Central prison on Tuesday.

After they were recaptured they were quizzed in front of the cameras by Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and Correctional Services Commissioner Tom Moyane. The minister said she suspected the men were helped to escape by correctional services' staff.

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-03-16 09:23

    What utter nonsense. I feel no pity for these scumbags.

      rean.lubbe - 2012-03-16 09:33


      Daniel - 2012-03-16 09:36

      NEVER, have I been as disappointed as what I have been by these stupid remarks. Did these scumbags ever consider their victims rights? As for their lawyer, hang your head in shame, or do do have a bright political career ahead of you as a legal advisor to the state now, FFS !!

      Riaan - 2012-03-16 09:37

      Amen Brother

      Doc - 2012-03-16 09:40

      Never mind parading them, bring back public hangings.

      Ian - 2012-03-16 09:54

      WHY THE F>>> DO PRISONERS HAVE RIGHTS???????? They take away the rights of their victims, but they must be handled with kid gloves???/ The useless no good, cowardly, syphilitic flea bitten son's o' bitches!!!!!!!!

      procold2 - 2012-03-16 10:01

      they gave up thier rights when they violated their victims basic humam rights @DOC agree fully.

  • Pythagoras - 2012-03-16 09:29

    This guy might as well stay in jail and serve his term. Everybody knows him by now and escape attempts will be difficult. I say keep him in solitary confinement for good!

  • Marthinus - 2012-03-16 09:29

    So these criminals that performed shocking and disturbing acts of crime have human rights? Maybe they should have these stupid lawyers hijacked at gunpoint or beaten up at home and a gun put against your childs head then we see how you feel about parading them!!!Idiots

  • Heiku - 2012-03-16 09:32

    We should make a new law. Convicted of a violent crime or misuse of public funds = you dont have any more rights.

  • Jobho - 2012-03-16 09:35

    Whilst I accept they have basic human rights, do their human rights prevail through and through no matter what they do? are they not the ones who are violatihg their own rights? the moment you violate someone else's rights part of your rights are taken away. eg you are imprisoned so you no longer have a right to free movement. so if you try to escape three times from custody you have given up your rights to dignity

  • Irene - 2012-03-16 09:35

    Rubbish! When they committed the crime, they gave up their rights. Well done to Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula for parading these scumbags the way she did.

      Grant - 2012-03-16 10:42

      100% logical, unfortunately its not law. As far as I am concerned, if you infringe on the human rights of others, you should LOSE those rights yourself! Why on earth the "power's that be" - WORLDWIDE - cannot understand this, is beyond me!

  • Riaan - 2012-03-16 09:36

    Jislaaik Mense !!! The day you go to jail for the things you have done to a society already riddled with crime,you loose the right to be treated like a fragile little doll. And then you escape and O MY the naughty prison gaurds hurt me while i was simply playing touchers !!!! HAHAHAHA what a joke !!!

  • Riaan - 2012-03-16 09:39

    In the words of Jeremy Mansfield " Ha i goat kaptjared "

  • purebabe - 2012-03-16 09:44

    He is a Scorfield wanna be

  • Victor - 2012-03-16 09:47

    You have no rights in prison you gave them away when you committed a crime against society.

  • GĂ©orn - 2012-03-16 09:47

    Ag shame. Rights violated. Ag jinne ma, die arme ding. Skiet die rubbish.

  • Karla Soares - 2012-03-16 09:50

    bwahahahahaha! i think its hilarious that they were paraded for all to see!! lol!

  • njdejager - 2012-03-16 09:50

    Get rid of this guy please. I think by now he has run out of rights. Idiotic nonsense that we keep on entertaining WTF?????

  • Greg - 2012-03-16 09:58

    This is the best way to deal with this problem "NAME AND SHAME"

  • Christian J Denyschen - 2012-03-16 10:01

    What about his victims rights? Criminals got more rights then the honest south african these days, its probably because the anc is full of criminals!

  • John Murray McKay - 2012-03-16 10:07

    Oh boo hoo- shut your piehole! I loved what the minister did!

  • Sandra - 2012-03-16 10:07

    Such crap. What rights. Bongani Moyo has been seen on the TV so many times. Hes a serial escaper, he and the other two have no rights. SORRY

  • Bryan - 2012-03-16 10:09

    What a load of utter crap...!!!!

  • reza.daniels1 - 2012-03-16 10:11

    How ironic.........but let me just give a cop a dirty look or mention the fact that they are civil servants.......I'll be dead or in hospital by morning....birds of a feather....

  • Alan - 2012-03-16 10:15

    "The public could be led to believe that offenders, awaiting trial or convicted, are not entitled to basic rights, including the right to dignity." Excuse me, but when you go out a raping and a pillaging, removing the dignity of others, then your own "right" to dignity becomes null and void. Murderers and rapists do not deserve any form of dignity or respect. Should we treat that Austrian Josef Fritzel with dignity and respect after he spent so many years raping his daughter? Should we show dignity and respect for any murderer or rapist? The answer is a resounding "No we should not and shall not" and the LSSA can kindly f**k right off if this is their thinking.

  • Nkosinathi - 2012-03-16 10:16

    According to the LSSA these rights are enshrined in the constitution and correctional services act. Are we therefore advocating a constitutional amendement in applauding the minister's act? THE LAW IS A REAL ASS, AIN'T IT? Case in point, THE DEATH PENALTY IS IN FORCE IN SA AS WE SPEAK. The only thing is that its being dished out by criminals and vigilantes. Zuma pretended to be shocked when the issue of the courts dishing it out was raised in parly recently. He knows the criminals and vigilantes are practising it and some in the public want the courts to get its fair share of the "fun". The black ANC gvt will never bring it back as most of the criminals found elligible for hanging will be black. This would be political suicide as the voters would be reminded of apartheid's hangings. In the meantime, if its written in black and white in the constitution that "thou shall not parade prisoners or whatever", the minister needs to obey and uphold the constitution. My take on the whole drama is 1)shut the tsotsis up somehwere where the sun don't shine and throw away the keys. 2)give the corrupt prison officers the room next door to the tsotsis for if given a chance they will let more tsotsis out.

  • Piet - 2012-03-16 10:16

    Ag please!! They should not have rights anymore after they have been convicted! They had other peoples right in their hands and they abused it. Now it is payback time!!!!!!!!! Bring back public stoning! I will throw a brick or two!

  • Vernon - 2012-03-16 10:24

    they should have paraded their dead bodies,that would have been right(s)

  • Shirley - 2012-03-16 10:27

    Basic rights my @ss! They were trying to escape and are CRIMINALS for goodness sakes! This culture of mamby pambing crims has got to stop! Lawmakers feel more for the crims than the victims of their crimes! As for the officers who helped-name and shame them on tv too!

  • Liesbet - 2012-03-16 10:28

    Did they get free water? Free food? Free clothing? So what basic right was violated!!!!?????

  • Kevin - 2012-03-16 10:31

    Thug convicts should have no rights. Lawyers are way out of line here.

  • Tim - 2012-03-16 10:32

    Why oh why do we have to uphold every human right of three men that have totally disregarded and abused the rights of others? There is no dignity in these men's actions, why should they be shown dignity by Correctional Services? I believe action such as this by Correctional Services demonstrates a serious approach to criminals!

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