Prison riots won't be tolerated - minister

2013-01-08 10:04

Pretoria - Riots instigated by inmates in prisons will not be tolerated, Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said on Tuesday.

"Whilst the department of correctional services is fully committed to the humane treatment of every detainee, acts of riots by inmates at correctional centres are not acceptable and will be dealt with firmly," he said.

Ndebele said the rehabilitation of offenders, secure, safe and orderly custody were two sides of the same coin.

"The balance between security, control and justice is paramount," he said.

Warders injured

On Monday, prisoners at Groenpunt Correctional Centre in Deneysville, Free State, refused to eat and then vandalised the facility, setting alight cells and offices.

During the riot inmates attacked and injured at least four warders.

Police task teams entered the prison to try and quell the riot and a total of 50 inmates were injured.

The prisoners complained about the poor quality of food and about some of the prison officials. They also wanted one of the unit heads to be fired.

Meanwhile Correctional Services acting national commissioner Nontsikilelo Jolingana said the situation at Groenpunt was under control in the early hours of the morning.

"Police are still investigating, and we call upon any person who has any information that may assist in this investigation to please contact the police," she said.

  • Wish EaTwice - 2013-01-08 10:08

    Zuma appointed true hard workers, long live Jacob Zuma.

      FarmerJoe - 2013-01-08 10:36

      "long live Jacob Zuma" ja in this case only the good die young

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-08 11:59

      @farmer joe - and all the evil seems to live forever.

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-08 11:59

      Are they hoping for some famous leader to have a birthday so they can be released?

      shudusO - 2013-01-08 12:43

      This happens when you give inmates even choose who should work for the prison...

      lucy.bush.9231 - 2013-01-08 14:19

      They will do nothing to reprimand the prisoners. The ANC are to scared to lose the criminals There is honour amongst thieves...

  • carmen.tatumm - 2013-01-08 10:14

    Ag don't worry inmates! Zuma will come to the rescue and let u all go free again...just ask nice hey.. MORONS!!!!

      francois.smith.7 - 2013-01-08 11:58

      Zuma may soon be there. Then this is rich coming from a Minister who also promised zero tolerance on traffic offenses and did nothing to get the taxi industry in line.

  • albert.prinsloo.7 - 2013-01-08 10:21

    Prisoners giving demands...they shouldn't even have rights!!

  • gregory.jurgens - 2013-01-08 10:27

    It looks like the fat auntie in the video must of eaten all the prisoners rations.

  • Sakhiwo - 2013-01-08 10:27

    They want to sue the Department for the quality of food again

  • matthews.magodiela - 2013-01-08 10:29

    Inmates sometimes abuse the rights. Who are they to demand prison unit manager to be fired. It seems they forgot their status that they are detained and their rights are very minimal. There are millions of loyal citizens who wake up every morning without any idea where they are going to eat for a day but they are there enjoying 3 meals a day, supplied with warm blankets and enjoy hot water. But still they compaling about the quality of food. People spend their hardly earned money to buy their own food but the don't complain. Deal with them Minister so that they know their limits.

      abdulbaith.sayegh - 2013-01-08 11:06

      Their rights very minimal? Where have you been? These criminals enjoy more rights than you and me. And yeah they can DEMAND, its what the ANC and affiliates like Cosatu teach. To Demand is the legacy of the ANC.

  • wiscoh - 2013-01-08 10:29

    Riots by offenders, they forfeited they rights when they committed crime in the same1st must take its course on them..they must be punished harshly.

      thozi - 2013-01-08 14:03

      Hardened criminals, mostly serving long to life-long sentences... You think a threat of an additional six months will force them to behave?

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2013-01-08 10:32

    Bet they will riot, and bet you won't stop them

  • KallieHBal - 2013-01-08 10:49

    Let them die of hunger and while you're at it, take away their rights to vote too.

  • veldt66 - 2013-01-08 10:51

    Trevor its called Nkandla!

  • abdulbaith.sayegh - 2013-01-08 10:57

    Riots instigated by inmates in prisons will not be tolerated, Correctional Services Minister ?Sibusiso Ndebele? said on Tuesday. So what exactly are you going to do Ndebele? Sentence them to longer terms? You and your corrupt racist government are spineless, you have NO idea how to run this once prosperous African giant. This country is lawless to the core. Criminals enjoy more rights than those who keep their mouths open and pay for their accommodation. Fools that you are.

  • gert_swart - 2013-01-08 11:01

    The minister dont know what "humane treatment" is. Our prisons are filthy hellholes and it reflects on us! The conditions in our prisons need to be improved drastically.

      abdulbaith.sayegh - 2013-01-08 11:12

      They were inhuman to put their victims trough hell, so please explain to me why they should be treated any better?

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-08 12:01

      Did they ask the victims they violated/killed if they would like it to happen or not?

  • cnikiwe.lolwana - 2013-01-08 11:02

    Who r dey as to demand better food, dey shuld hvnt commited any crime if dey were crious concerned abt de good food. They r der to serve sentences for de crime they commited. Its so disgustin!!!!we r living in fear becoz of dem #angry citizen#

  • apgreeff - 2013-01-08 11:11

    What a non-sensical statement by the minister! What else is expected? Let them riot? Shame! And the inmates demand! What hogwash! They are where they are because they abused their freedom, most often because they violated the rights of other citizens. They had a choice - perpetrate crime or adhere to the law. They made their choice and should now bear the consequences. In fact, I believe inmates should have very little rights and their right to vote should also be stripped from them. Now they demand! What a sinister world........

  • esau.banyane - 2013-01-08 11:11

    prisoners hav 2much rights than tax payers. i agree strip them off the rights to vote n ther will never be riots again n bet most votes 4 anc?!

  • Brian Dorning - 2013-01-08 11:15

    Our prison system is a joke! Make the criminals work! they should be planting and harvesting their own food just like in the old days! Chain gangs should be cleaning up our cities and informal settlements. They should also be available for hire, we need them to pay back society!

      abdulbaith.sayegh - 2013-01-08 11:32

      Ndebele should go and visit Bolivia and see how things are getting done there. Prisoners must produce their own food when their families and relatives fails to pay for their stay or they will starve to death.

  • nhlapop - 2013-01-08 11:29

    Since when presoners have demands????????

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-08 12:01

      Exactly, when a person gets convicted surely their civilian rights gets revoked.

  • hangwi.maphanda - 2013-01-08 11:30

    stay away frm crime if you wnt proper food,poor service delivery my foot you were supposed to eat ONE THING YOU KILLERS

  • philip.vde - 2013-01-08 11:38

    and yet they are allowed to vote !!! what a joke

  • Bongeka - 2013-01-08 11:55

    These prisoners lose or suppose to lose any rights enjoyed by normal human beings from the time they committ a crime. But they go in there, receive a 5 star treatment, forget that they are in prison and start demand. Who are they to make demands? But the government is ripping what they sow.

  • abner.malema - 2013-01-08 12:03

    Criminals should not be choosers they must have two more years and soup(without meat). They killed, raped people

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2013-01-08 12:11

    What do prisoners expect, Gourmet food prepared by top chefs? Daily we read of families without food and they are not prisoners or committed any crime whereas these criminal idiots demand better food. As well as a unit manager to be fired. The criminals responsible for this arson and damage must be fully investigated and charged with these offences. Again this prison is public property and the tax payer will have to cover the cost of repairs.

  • Mbuso Siera - 2013-01-08 12:15

    the government should buy more farms employ experienced agriculture specialist.....and let these prisoners work in those farms and produce more food....since they r getting free food,water,toiletries,blankets,and access to health..

  • Mbuso Siera - 2013-01-08 12:18

    the polices wardens should stop having sex with the inmates....and bringing them dagga.....

  • mthobs - 2013-01-08 12:27

    We have so many strikes, marches and riots in South Africa. Now even prisoners complain about the quality of "free" food.

  • ursula.thyssen - 2013-01-08 12:28

    What a joke...our leaders came from prisons..

  • bmntwaphi - 2013-01-08 12:41

    This is totally madness, they have raped, killed, robbed. Now they are complaining about food. What are they really expecting? A top chef? These prisoners have too much freedom whereas they commited big crimes.

  • zip.reeper - 2013-01-08 12:45

    we should replace cabinet with the convicts' upper structure. could only lead to cleaner government.

  • mapitsi.mogale - 2013-01-08 12:57

    My brother found himself in the wrong side of the law nd was detained in one of the prisons in limpopo. What angers me is the fact that detainees who are on trial have cellphones wth them in the cells. In the cell he was in he say they are three. Where do they hide them when police raids trhe cells i asked ''eish they put them one by one in the plastic and smear the plastic with soap and force it through the An*s of the new detainees if theres no one new they do it in theirs. How did they get in there

  • Pete7930 - 2013-01-08 14:27

    hope all the prisoners in our country rot in jail. Happy new year !!

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