Solution for remand prisoners

2013-05-31 10:38

Cape Town - Prisoners awaiting trial could be safely released and monitored by the use of electronic tags, the Cape Times reported on Friday.

The National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Reintegration of Offenders (Nicro) reportedly proposed this option as part of its Remand Revolution System.

Nicro's Glen Jordan told the newspaper that the system could help combat overcrowding in prisons by keeping tabs on "low-risk" awaiting trial suspects who had been released until their trial dates.

"We have an over-arching problem with overcrowding in prisons. We can use technology to solve it," he was quoted as saying.

According to the report, the bracelets had a small battery that lasted 12 months. It would cost about R4 000 a month to electronically tag a suspect, half the R9 000 it cost to keep a detainee in prison for a month.

It would use cellphone and satellite technology to send a constant signal to a command centre to show a person's whereabouts.

  • Werner Nel - 2013-05-31 10:43

    Who has won the tender for this idea?

      Heidie van Dyk - 2013-05-31 12:07


      Badger - 2013-05-31 13:11

      But lets all dash out and get our E-Tags, shall we ???

      Marev Audioslave - 2013-05-31 16:49

      Is the tag going to prevent them from doing further crime?

      Marev Audioslave - 2013-05-31 16:56

      I think this is Zuma's idea, he want more votes next year.

  • Andrew Selous - 2013-05-31 10:53

    we can't control them inside what about outside,tag or no tag.

  • Tk King - 2013-05-31 10:56

    9000 a month for a prisoner? wow nw its gna b 4000..nw its gna probably b billions for th tender...the ppl who dnt commit crime go to bed hungry

  • Graham Jehoma - 2013-05-31 10:59

    low risk offenders??hmmmm? test it on cabinet first...

  • Marc Ross - 2013-05-31 11:08

    Given the state of the SAP/NPA it is quite easy to imagine being wrongfully arrested. Imagine being innocent and thrown in a cell of 70 hardened criminals, three showers and three toilets (not all working).Imagine being gang raped for month while awaiting trial, for something you didn't do. Further more these awaiting trial prisoners clog up the jails so that the sentenced prisoners are given early parole to commit more crime. I support these tags in certain circumstances, such as first time offenders or non violent crime. People who should be detained in police cells are sent to prisons like Pollsmoor and the wardens and infrastructure just cant cope.

  • Aletta Steenkamp Gouws - 2013-05-31 11:09

    mwa ha ha haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, can just imagine who thought this up! hie hie

  • Stanely Mabunda - 2013-05-31 11:15

    insert it in their heads or under their skins

  • briana.scott - 2013-05-31 11:16

    Oh my word - what next?

  • Eduan Naude - 2013-05-31 11:23

    The damage they can cause with repeated criminal offences while out on the streets (more court cases, normal citizens losses, etc.) will cost far more than the supposed initial saving!!

  • Cane Corso - 2013-05-31 11:24

    R9000 per month per suspect!!?? Unf@kenbelievable. Btw. How many operators will they need to monitor theses suspects and exactly how will they respond to them not toeing the line? LUDICROUS!!

  • Kathy Bergh - 2013-05-31 11:26

    ha ha ha ha ha who is going to monitor this? The police? The Prisons? The strikers? (oh yes, same difference) Great idea if we had the infrastructure and the brains ha ha ha ha ha

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-05-31 11:35

    Even in Europe they don't dare to implement this plan on a a large scale.

  • Papiki Mahlatsi - 2013-05-31 11:39

    Soon it will be degrading to wear just a tag, they'll be demanding gold tags with diamonds.

  • Christina Setloboko - 2013-05-31 12:02

    and who will fit the Bill? just built more prisons then.

  • Richard Scully - 2013-05-31 12:06

    4000 per month??? Give me that tender. I'll even get a BEE partner

  • Tawizee - 2013-05-31 12:18

    R9000 per month per suspect!!?? prisoners are living far above the poverty datum line.

      Mlungisi Mlangeni - 2013-05-31 14:17

      Incorrect info, they eat bread peanut butter, jam, porridge, meat and that should cost R900 per person.

  • Badger - 2013-05-31 13:09

    So we release these thugs to kill again and they know you get away with murder in this country. "PATHETIC" Why not release all of them on Showers birthday ????????

  • Sabelo Lex Mthembu - 2013-05-31 13:19

    It's a pretty good strategy but unfortunately with the incompetence of the people with authority over such things the whole system and implementation would fail. Guys, rape and house breaking are not low risk situations though.

  • Cane Corso - 2013-05-31 13:31

    Just put a ball and chain on them with a built in explosive charge in case they tamper. Much-much cheaper.

  • Mlungisi Mlangeni - 2013-05-31 14:06

    What the hell are they suggesting? Criminals have signal blockers lately and systems can be hacked. There are few people who know about Information Systems Security in SA yet our Government is tjatjarag implementing things they've got no idea about. There is no piloting strategy or roll-out plan in place, we just gonna let the monsters lose with home that they don't commit another crime, threaten witnesses, interfering with the court processes and at the end of the year we going to lie about crime stats.

      Leon Botha - 2013-06-02 03:09

      Having developed a vehicle tracking system ( I can tell you that though you do get signal jammers, it is pretty easy to detect that such a jammer is being used because the software running on the central server is able to know that there is no longer any signals coming from the tracking device and thus immediately raise the alarm. Also bear in mind that these gps tags are for low risk offenders who would face a much harsher penalty kf they were to risk using a my opinion I think its a good and viable idea

  • Keikantseng Tlale - 2013-05-31 16:20

    our system is getting f#*@ everyday, dis is a joke seriously mxm

  • Wisethee Madimetja - 2013-05-31 22:07

    The only way to lower the number of offender they should get two meal per week who ever want more meal must work for it with hard hard labour and no visitors anymore and no more bail. Those the system they talk about somebody is busy start counting millions now. Police fail to respond when called due to lack of transport so this one how are they going to respond quicker.

  • Joshua Gobinca - 2013-06-01 01:18

    Taging them is a good idea, but i am afraid they can do more than crime thy have done.

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