It's one thing to focus on SA's long-term prospects. Be careful not to miss the forest for the trees. But what's to be done when the forest suddenly goes up in flames? asks Ron Derby.
High level clouds. Mild.
Our policies have become more punitive, yet our crime rate continues going up, writes Edwin Cameron.
If we find ourselves saying that prisoners should be locked up forever, with little regard to how they are treated, then we are disregarding a necessary understanding of human nature, writes Zia Wasserman.
"One prison had 97% available and another only 8%. The supply of uniforms – especially shoes – cannot keep up with the demand."
Mbalenhle Nkosi, an inmate at Johannesburg Medium C Correctional facility, has taken the head of the prison, the national commissioner and the Minister of Correctional Services to court over access to a laptop in his cell.
A dispute over the appointment of a contractor is at the heart of the delay in completing security upgrades at two prisons.
Assault cases have been opened following attacks on five warders at Pollsmoor prison over the long weekend, a correctional services spokesperson has said.
The parole board of the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria will meet on Friday to reconsider whether it should grant Oscar Pistorius parole.
The most recent inmate numbers show that the country’s prisons are 37% overcrowded, with 162 875 prisoners against an accommodation capacity of 118 572 bed spaces, the Department of Correctional Services has confirmed.
An inmate was killed and a prison guard was injured during a violent scuffle at St Albans Prison Correctional Centre in the Eastern Cape.
New Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola says there will be no mercy for prison officials caught smuggling contraband, as his department probes a number of institutions around the country.
The Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services has told News24 that it is currently investigating allegations of warders abusing prisoners at Goedemoed Prison.
The Public Servants Association of SA has claimed that viral pictures of strippers at a Johannesburg prison on Youth Day were manipulated.
Correctional Services preached non-racialism while allowing racist policies to flourish, one of its employees has said outside the Constitutional Court.
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