High price of canteen goods behind Joburg prison unrest

2016-10-26 19:09


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Johannesburg - Unrest that broke out at the Johannesburg Prison on Wednesday morning was due to dissatisfaction with the canteen’s prices, the Department of Correctional Services said.

This was according to a preliminary investigation after bins were set alight in the prison’s Medium B facility, spokesperson Manelisi Wolela told News24.

The fire was put out, order was restored, and some inmates were treated for smoke inhalation.

"Some offenders have already been identified as instigators and will face a disciplinary process, which will include a criminal case," Wolela said.

In addition to unhappiness about the price of canteen goods, prisoners wanted to be allowed to get food brought in from outside.

An emergency support team was ensuring that daily operations continued as usual.

National Commissioner of Correctional Services Zach Modise warned that, while prisoners could raise concerns, the destruction of state property was unacceptable.

"Security in our correctional facilities is of the utmost importance and cannot be compromised. Unbecoming behaviour of offenders cannot be condoned and all those involved in such irresponsible acts will face the full might of the law," Modise said.

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