SAHRC to look into prison cameras

2013-06-20 11:31

Cape Town - The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has agreed to look into the legal implications of installing CCTV cameras in prisons, the Cape Argus reported on Thursday.

The commission would reportedly research what was being done in other jurisdictions and share the results with Parliament's correctional services oversight committee.

SAHRC head Lawrence Mushwana told the committee on Wednesday that no position had been taken on the issue, but that it had weighed the rights of prisoners against the rights of the community.

"If you look at the consequences that are happening every day in our prisons, it's something that should have been done yesterday," Mushwana was quoted as saying in his personal capacity.

Committee member Judith Cohen said it was time to explore options "because certainly, when a person is sentenced to go to prison, the judge doesn't add 'and you're sentenced to be raped on your first night'".

  • Gieljam Gomtor - 2013-06-20 11:44

    I can't believe that permission must be granted in order to have cameras installed whether openly or secretly in prisons and have always anticipated the fact that they have been.In order to curtail crimes of criminals who are there due to their own atrocities in the first place. They cannot have or be given normal rights as they forfeited that when they did not consider their victims or communities rights.

      Sam Moosa - 2013-06-20 11:52

      The implications are that the prisons will be safer for all!! What a forked up country when organsisation like this bulldusting human rights mamparas want to give criminals more wonder this country is such a friggin mess of a cesspool trying to pass off as a civilised country!

      Shirley Stee - 2013-06-20 12:12

      Lol-Guptas have more rights then they do!Although it seems to me,prisoners have more rights than the innocent!

      Bardy - 2013-06-20 12:36

      I say segregate the lot!!! Put all the rapists and murderers in one cell and all the petty criminals away from them.

      Drake Cullen - 2013-06-20 12:41

      Guptas have more rights than ypu too Shirls

      Qxtsa - 2013-06-20 12:41

      The idea of going to jail is to get a punishment for your act! But in SA Criminal actions are rewarded with more rights! The SAHRC is a joke.

      Mohlomphehi Sompane - 2013-06-20 14:41

      cameras in prison's but not in towns and cities to curtail the crime from happening in the first place. very nice, pretty soon we'll be debating installing internet cafe's, shopping complexes, and other awesome stuff in our prisons. probably to reconsider your career path now

  • Ze Don - 2013-06-20 11:52

    I couldn't agree more!

  • Paul Davids - 2013-06-20 11:57

    prisoners should not have any rights , just do it why still ask.

  • Happy Moloto - 2013-06-20 11:57

    Just install them and we get to see what the rascals get up-to on a daily basis

  • Lydon Daniel McGrane - 2013-06-20 11:58

    It's absolutely ridiculous that prisoners seemingly have more rights than law-abiding citizens. If you don't want to be on CCTV in prison don't do something that will land you in jail!

  • Kekeletso Nakeli - 2013-06-20 11:58

    Please calculate "my tax" contribution and subtract it from this little exercise... We cannot be victims of crime only to have to pay for the "safety and rights of our aggressors"

  • Ishaad Mohammed - 2013-06-20 12:26

    maybe I am wrong and it wont be the first time but it is funny how the SAHRC gets involved in prisoners right more than civilian rights. Has anyone seen any article or report by the SAHRC taking the government to task about issues such rape, murder etc. Prisoners rights is to serve the time in their cells and if we need to put cams in for their safety and for monitoring purposes then we have the right to do that - after all they are staying rent free at our expense so if they don't like being watch over though then stay of prison.

      Qxtsa - 2013-06-20 12:42

      Nope.. They do not care

  • Mike Swart - 2013-06-20 12:33

    Prisoners have rights. And the courts should protect the rights. They can do so much more effectively with cameras installed. As for the SAHRC, if they can't separate the trees from the forest (or is it the other way round) they should be disbanded. Right to privacy in a prison environment should not extend to beyond the ablution area. The right to protection against other much more serious abuses by both co-inmates and prison authorities should outweigh the right to unlimited privacy.

  • Shaun Nel - 2013-06-20 12:37

    As law abiding people we are constantly on cctv cameras without even knowing it, be it in shopping centers, petrol stations, banks ....... the list goes on. Can't see what the purpose of this argument is. Perhaps the SAHRC would like to stop the traffic department from taken photos of me speeding, after all it is a violation of my privacy if they do not ask me first:-)

      Ishaad Mohammed - 2013-06-20 12:42

      You hit the nail on the head mate - wot u said is soooo true and we don't realise it.

      Qxtsa - 2013-06-20 12:44

      Lol! That is a brilliant Idea! If they stop the camera installations i will lodge a complaint that my "rights" are violated because of traffic cameras and shoping malls, banks, etc

  • Cj Venter - 2013-06-20 12:42

    they don't need permission for this. prisoners shouldn't have rights if they've violated ours. every workplace has cameras, every street in jhb has cameras. did they ask to install these? hell no. looks like the law is more in favour of the criminals than the average joe battling to make ends meet in this vertraagte country of ours.

  • Carling Blacklabel - 2013-06-20 13:06

    probably just another scheme to grease some more paws

      Happy Moloto - 2013-06-20 13:08

      you are an idiot..

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