Prison staff at risk, PSA says

2013-02-27 21:40

Johannesburg - Efforts to cut costs by the department of correctional services are putting prison staff at risk, the Public Servants Association (PSA) said on Wednesday.

"[We] have raised the issue of the safety of employees over [the] years with the national commissioner, without any success," deputy general manager Manie de Clercq said in a statement.

One of the strategies employed by the department to economise was a shift system, which meant that only half of the staff of prisons were on duty at any given time.

De Clercq said recent attacks on staff of St Albans prison, near Port Elizabeth, led the PSA to advise staff employed at jails "not to risk personal safety in pursuit of service delivery".

On Tuesday, three warders were stabbed and wounded at St Albans when two prisoners attacked them with sharpened objects, correctional services regional commissioner Nkosinathi Breakfast said.

The warders suffered minor cuts to the forehead and were taken to a local hospital in a stable condition.

The department could not immediately be reached for comment.

  • Abner M. Mophethe - 2013-02-27 21:58

    not to risk personal safety in pursuit of service delivery......since when is guarding prisoners service delivery?

      Alan Street - 2013-02-27 22:03

      To stop them from escaping! Duh

  • Bongani Mtsweni - 2013-02-27 22:14

    I concur with PSA that National Commissioner is clueless. He dismissed me for telling him that he was sent to Qalakabusha to attend to staff problem not to scold them and use bully tactics.

  • ian.lowe.5458 - 2013-02-28 01:12

    Shame. my heart bleeds as tax payer. Have a camel light. Fools.

  • Lungelo Nsibande - 2013-02-28 01:19

    I think DCS lost direction longtime ago! Incompetent leadership prevails in this department for many years. Employees are being frustrated intentionally and victimized by those who feel threatened by them! Abuse of seniority position as if it is still military directed.

  • TaniaSS - 2013-02-28 02:48

    It must be really demoralising working with the scourge of society every day. What positive can one possibly take home with you? Surely all that misery, anger, hatred and inhumanity must have an effect on the warders. I wish we had robots that could perform their duties. I think the Mexican prison system may be a solution.

  • Michael Kleber - 2013-02-28 05:33

    Now they must economize but when it comes to nlandla , consultants , ministers homes , travel , luxuries then there is no need to economize , priorities jacob priorities

  • German Mazokera - 2013-02-28 05:37

    It was coming their way .they supply knives cellfones whatever you want in the cells they supply so they should stop crying foul

      Seeiso Arnold Motloung - 2013-02-28 07:30

      German mei bra. Being a warder its 1 of the difficult job in SA. We r under staffed,we r under paid,the inmates r having more rights than warders even u as a normal citizen. So b4 u make such comments u should ask yoself y inmates r having all those things u r talking about?some of those things r brought in by management 2 frame warders because we challenge some of the decision they make.

  • Alexandra J. Little - 2013-02-28 07:22

    Are you saying half of the required staff is guarding John Mongrel as we speak? I hope he breaks out and finds his way into the minister's home. How can you as an employer put your own employees at such a risk??

  • arthur.salvado - 2013-02-28 07:39

    We urgently need to see verified CV's of all our ministers. We will then start to understand how such decisions are made. I'm sure if the press is able to get the CV of our ministers, the people will demand their resignation. It can never happen though but it would be a great laugh to be exposed to all fake degrees, diplomas, doctorates etc.

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