Pollsmoor denies health risks

2012-10-26 17:22

Cape Town - A report to Parliament on the state of kitchens at the Pollsmoor jail is false and misleading, a Western Cape official said on Friday.

"The kitchens are under constant scrutiny... every day, and the food is tasted by the head of centre and nutrition staff before it is provided to the offenders," said correctional services spokesperson Siphiwe Xako.

Xako was responding to a verbal report by independent prisons visitor Thami Mlenzana to Parliament's correctional services committee.

Mlenzana told MPs her visits to the kitchens at the Medium B and Maximum division revealed they were infested by flies, and inmates were eating from dirty pots.


Xako however told the committee the kitchens posed no danger or health risk to offenders and staff. Several kitchens were being renovated as part of a national project for correctional centres.

"This kitchen was the first to be completed and is in a very neat and hygienic state," Xako said.

On Wednesday, Mlenzana said, she had visited the kitchens at various times, as part of her duties to check prisoners were not mistreated, and had various concerns.

"It's dirty, even the Bosasa side is also dirty, and you'll see flies inside the kitchen... that is inhumane," Mlenzana told the committee.
Some of Pollsmoor's kitchens are being run by the Bosasa group of companies, which had its contract to provide food and maintain kitchens at several South African prisons extended earlier this year.

The Bosasa tender has been tainted by allegations of a corrupt relationship between the company and former senior officials.

  • - 2012-10-26 17:31

    Why do the relevant persons just wait a month or two then spring a surprise visit to the prison. If the prison staff is fore-warned they tend to clean up just before the visit. trick as old as the mountains.

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-10-26 22:22

      I bet 95% of the population don't care if they live or die in prison or how they are treated or fed or not, I know I don't. If it was up to me, next time they riot and destroy everything, that's the way it would remain. It was fine before you broke it, you broke it so live with it.

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-26 17:35

    Couldn't give a damn even if they add rats in their food. If we can't get the life sentence back they might as well die from food poisoning.

      majwarha.balakisi - 2012-10-26 18:00

      @Sthera. We do have a Life sentence in this country.

      keith.f.murphy - 2012-10-26 18:23

      sthembiso I wish you can land up in pollsmoor just for one week and you will feel like committing suicide when they service ur poepsak u idiot

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-26 18:33

      @stembiso.jali ~ Couldn't agree more.

      robqb - 2012-10-27 11:52

      @sthembiso.jali.50. I hope you mean "death" sentence as "life" is already there,although it's probably only 25 years, excluding parole. So "life" in a S.A. prison is only about 15-20 years. Not half bad.

  • albert.m.burger - 2012-10-26 17:44

    Don't care don't care don't care Don't care... Wait.... Still don't care

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-26 18:32


  • thadelphukem.completely - 2012-10-26 17:52

    This is such Bullsh*t!!! I recently had the chance to supervise work in the prison kitchens and they are filthy and disgusting!!! DCS is lying to cover their own fat butts!!! The only food they taste is when they come to eat the prisoners food and there is no such thing as a nutritionist, what a load of rubbish!!! I dont support prisoners but the DCS are no different to the criminals they watch over... Fat lazy idiots is what they are!!!

  • fred.warren.986 - 2012-10-26 17:58

    Why should our hard earned tax money be used to feed these scum bags. Their poop should be recycled and fed back to them. They are not worthy of being given proper food. Rather feed their victims.

      fred.warren.986 - 2012-10-26 18:16

      My dream job would be to be a prison warden. The first thing I'd do is to castrate all the violent prisoners and pump them full of female hormones. They would be required to wear dresses and spend their time cooking, cleaning and sewing.

      keith.f.murphy - 2012-10-26 18:25

      Look in the mirror and you will see the bigest poepsak idiot brainless scumbag

      keith.f.murphy - 2012-10-26 18:26

      If you wanna castrate them then who will fix your poepsak daily idiot

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-26 18:32

      @Keith ~ I see you've started drinking early today. Take your poepsak and shove it where the sun don't shine .... pal.

      witwolf.digter - 2012-10-26 18:50

      I agree. If they chose to kill, rape and commit hideous crimes they should not have any right.

      fred.warren.986 - 2012-10-26 21:09

      @keith..... Did I hit a little too close to home Keith?

  • soraya.februaryjacobs - 2012-10-26 17:59

    All I can say is that someone in our comunity have lost her son in pollsmoor 2 months ago food poisoning...And the state only paid for his coffin...The otopsy came bck as food poisoning She will never see her son Again they knew he was sick but did nothing didn't even take him too the hospital...

  • Desilusionada - 2012-10-26 18:12

    Well, cynical old me thinks: ~If everywhere else the taxpayer is robbed blind, just because there has been no scandal so far, does it mean that most of the food are not carried away, stolen or what ever nefarious deed can be done with it?~ "The kitchens are under constant scrutiny... every day, and the food is tasted by the head of centre and nutrition staff before it is provided to the offenders," Erm, wonder why this sounds not quite correct. Makes for some funny (and true), comments.....

  • witwolf.digter - 2012-10-26 18:49

    Who gives a crap? O yeah. The human rights commission... These bastards should rot where they are. In Zambia and Nigeria they have a policy of no food in jail if you are a murderer or a rapist. Our prisons are too easy going. These bastards should be treated like the animals they are.

      joyce.beeton - 2012-10-26 19:00

      I really loathe this comment - NEVER compare or call people animals. It is an insult to the animal. If people behaved like our pets or wildlife we would have a peaceful life on earth. The only animal that kills for pleasure is a human being.

  • taig.solomon - 2012-10-26 18:53

    First work on feeding the law abiding citizens of this country who struggle every day to feed their families then worry about our criminals. For many life is better in prison, 3 meals a day and a roof over your head, this article is infuriating.

  • angela.vangreunen - 2012-10-27 08:17

    My son is currently in Pollsmoor and he has the most beautiful bedroom and had good food everyday, DSTV, pool, family and he chose to abandon that. I am so sorry if he doesnt get ala carte food at the moment but he chose that above us.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-10-27 08:33

    If this Bosasa company and officials are found to have defrauded the tax payer in any way, I hope that the NPA will act sooner than later in attaching all their assets, houses, car's, bank accounts the works......both the CEO's, owners and all those officials that help in the corruption. I would also think that any prison authorities and present officials that are helping cover up this 'gemors' is also charged immediately for dereliction of duties and that the whole freaking bunch are sent to the same jails they were suppose to be servicing,

  • buti.lembe - 2012-10-27 12:45

    It should be dirty bcz it's where dirty people belongs.

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