R40m for awaiting trial prison uniforms

2012-03-26 10:00

Johannesburg - Uniforms for prisoners awaiting trial will cost correctional services nearly R40m, Beeld reported on Monday.

Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said in response to a parliamentary question from ANC MP Winnie Ngwenya that 100 000m of material had already been purchased for the manufacture of the uniforms.

The rest would be bought in the new financial year, after which the uniforms would be made and readied for distribution in the 2013/2014 financial year.

Article 48 of the Correctional Matters Amendment Bill would only be promulgated after the uniform manufacturing process was completed, Mapisa-Nqakula said.

Democratic Alliance MP James Selfe said R40m sounded like an exorbitant sum of money.

"I think the department is being charged too much," he was quoted by Beeld as saying.

"Awaiting trial prisoners are transient, so these uniforms won't be worn for very long. How many uniforms are actually being manufactured? Can't they just be washed and handed to the next prisoner?"

  • Franklyn - 2012-03-26 10:13

    R40 000 000 for prisoners uniforms awaiting trial ? Another tenderpreneur ?...unbeleivable.

      John - 2012-03-26 10:49

      you right franklin, the figure says 17900 +- awaiting trial prisoners, lets say there are 25 000 and lets say one overall on and one in the wash or in the store and again lets say 25% of these are in for repair each overall will cost R 600.00 per overall or is my maths wrong, on quantities like these an overall should not cost more than R 100.00 - 150.00, where is the other R 450.00 going

      Sean - 2012-03-26 11:55

      Well at least there will be no shortages of canditates. You could call this one a sustainable indigenous crop

      Tanie - 2012-03-26 12:07

      Come on franky, If you imprison someone you have to provide even down to the underwear.Or else the government can choose to leave them roaming up and down your street and then they will wear your underwear.How do you like that?

  • Peter - 2012-03-26 10:27

    In all fairness it does sound not exhorbitant to me, there is a lot of awaiting trial prisoners all over the country's prisons. We would not spend this much if only we had a well functioning justice system.

  • Tammy - 2012-03-26 10:31

    it's a funny country!

  • Konapi - 2012-03-26 10:31

    ANC tenderpreneur....

  • makgabo.kgomo - 2012-03-26 10:42

    We still waitin for response abt learnerships dt we appplied on January bt DCS is busy playing with money ....dose ppl must serve trial naked n us given opportunities to prove ourselves...

      Felix - 2012-03-26 10:49

      Maybe they are still trying to decipher your proposal?

      Elize - 2012-03-26 11:14

      Thank you Makgabo, 40 bloody million rand for uniforms, get people to donate all their unwanted clothes to the prison's and take that damn money and educate our children you morons, they ARE the future of this country!!!!

  • Andrew - 2012-03-26 10:44

    What are they wearing Gucci suits? I wonder if this has gone out to proper tender? Unlikely!!!

      Tammy - 2012-03-26 11:02

      maybe they are planning for a fashion show? LOL

  • flysouth - 2012-03-26 10:53

    The real question is "Why on earth should the government provide uniforms?" - let the prisoners awaiting trial supply their own clothing just as they did before being arrested!

  • lmapheto - 2012-03-26 11:27

    a worksuit made of the same material will cost you between R90.00-R129.00... (i am sure of this) now there is a dead rat here...tsogo le kobong...

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-03-26 11:30

    Really now1 Who is paying for these uniforms? Let them walk around naked, criminals get everything free, free food, water, lights,medicals, condoms, and now clothing! 40 million can build some schools and also get rid of some of the Squatter camps on the side of the streets. We need a new Government and a new Justice System.

  • david.lebethe - 2012-03-26 11:47

    I support the idea if regard to can be had to the fact, that other people are on trial for years and without enjoying any previledge to clean and fresh clothing while those with such previledge risk robbery or death if they refused to surrender their possession to others. I believe introduction of uniforms for trialists will go a longway to obviate crime that is already alarming within our prisons and must be commended. And to minimise costs, the department could look at prisoners making their uniform than leaving it to open markets to determine the price. In fact, it about time that prisoners must earn their up-keep than allowing them sitted all day doing nothing.

  • Zinhle Nhlapho - 2012-03-26 13:19

    Another Tender *rolling eyes*

  • Khaya - 2012-03-26 14:05

    R40M? What on earth are they wearing? Dolce Gabbana Guess? Let them walk around but naked they will probably enjoy that anyway.

  • K0BUSL - 2012-03-26 14:13

    This is equal to R 2,234.64 per prisoner (based on 17,900 awaiting trial prisoners. Please remember that once sentenced they will be re-issued again.... Isn't this slightly ridiculous???? just asking based on a conservative list @ minimum quantity as follows: 1 Jeans - R 140.00 (Mr Price) 1 Shirts - R 99.00 (Woolworths) 1 Jacket - R 150.00 (Mr Price) 7 pairs of socks - R 99.00 (Woolworths) 1 pair of shoes - R 149.00 (Mr Price) 3 Briefs - R 100.00 (Woolworths) ----------Total R750.00------------------ Then again, as per the Law in SA our prisoners have to be dressed at three times the amount Normal Citizens pinch of on themselves. Just Pondering!!!!!!!

      Andrew - 2012-03-26 15:12

      Wow! Designer prison suits.

  • Den - 2012-03-26 16:01


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