Parolees may soon get electronic tags

2011-07-25 16:01

Johannesburg - Prisoners on parole may soon start wearing bracelets with electronic tags to monitor their movement, the correctional services department said on Monday.

"We are looking at the end of the year to start piloting this," departmental spokesperson Sonwabo Mbananga told Sapa.

He said this would be part of the department's efforts to increase its monitoring capacity of parolees.

"It will be used as part of a basket of tools that will be used to encourage the judiciary to divert more and more prisoners to correctional supervision," said Mbananga.

Two feasibility studies have already been conducted and the department had looked at how this was being done in the New York correctional services department.

Best system for SA

Mbananga said one could use ankle or wrist bracelets fitted with an electronic tag.

"The whole purpose is that it needs to be able to pick up at any given time where you are. The objective would be that it [the bracelet] is not removable, and if it is removed, it would be a breach of parole conditions."

He said there were different technologies available on how to monitor the parolees' movement.
It could be done through radio technology, cellphone networks or satellite technology.

"The government is in the final phases now of identifying which technology would work best in South Africa."

He said the "inaugural" electronic tagging system would be piloted on "those offenders serving life sentences and currently being considered for placement on parole by Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, following a directive by the Constitutional Court with respect to lifers sentenced before 1 March 1994".

  • Geraldo Mc phu - 2011-07-25 16:34

    yeah , why not ?

  • Gorilla - 2011-07-25 16:49

    Hoping in some instances they can be plugged directly into the mains...

  • Phlegm - 2011-07-25 16:49

    Hopefully we will have a fat little jailbird called Juju soon to try out one of these new tags...............

  • Gorilla - 2011-07-25 16:53

    "...He said the "inaugural" electronic tagging system would be piloted on "those offenders serving life sentences and currently being considered for placement on parole by Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula..." Nice. A life sentence in SA means "out on parole" - Brilliant. No wonder mob justice cracks the nod.

      mk47 - 2011-07-25 17:24

      read further you idiot

  • peter the gr - 2011-07-25 16:53

    The will find a way to "loose" the TAG and its back to normal. . . robbing, stealing, killing. . . the list goes on and on........

  • Nutzman - 2011-07-25 16:54

    Lifers before Mar 1994??? That means they done 17 years?? That's not life. Life is never see the outside again........ever!!!!!! How difficult is it. Or is this just a means of reducing the prison population???

  • Martin - 2011-07-25 18:33

    Potential for a f**kup. I see it coming! 1) Tender corruption in supplying the tags 2) Life termers on the streets, What type of guys are these? 3) You think our guys wont figure a way around the tags? This is not New York! Build more prisons or teach your people some moral standards. Advice - stop woman breeding from different fathers so they get a moral upbringing and build a jail for politicians, police and civil servants and fill it up immediately thus setting the example and DEMONSTRATING you serious about tackling crime!

  • sipholess - 2011-07-25 18:44

    When you comit a crime for the second time you lose a limb. That way the ANC get to nationalize something (prosthetic industry) and the rest of society get to recognize the scum. The only drawback would be the cost of all the extra wheelchair ramps for the house of parliament.

  • Monica - 2011-07-25 19:17

    Who is going to be on duty to check out these criminals? Why let them out in the first place when it comes to murder; rape; house-breaking; drug dealing! People like this should be send to Robben Island. You should not let criminals out of jail that hurt other people!

  • biskit - 2011-07-26 09:37

    Lets see if this is even actually going to work with the bunch of idiots we have in charge ...i have my doubts

  • Civil_Rights - 2011-07-26 11:04

    They should pilot these tags in parliament. We need to monitor where our taxes are being spent.

  • Denzil - 2011-09-08 07:00

    Excellent idea, but this should be for serious offences only like rapist, murders etc.

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