Following an incident on Monday, 2 January 2023, in which a number of convicts got disruptive and barricaded a sectional gate during the search operation, alm was restored to the Boksburg jail in the Gauteng Region.
Inmates attempted to undermine the authority of the state.
This, according to Singabakho Nxumalo, was in response to a mandated searching operation conducted by the National Task Team of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) as a part of its Festive Season Security Operation.
“Convicts who attempt to undermine the authority of the state are fully aware of the consequences, and DCS will never risk the safety and security of other inmates, authorities, community members, and service providers,” Nxumalo said in a statement.
However, on the morning of Tuesday, January 3, 2023, DCS published a statement stating that peace had been restored at the Boksburg prison.
BOKSBURG INMATES CALM AS DCS STARTS INVESTIGATION
She expresses significant concern over the proliferation of cell phones and other contraband, which is currently being removed from the institutions.
Some photographs spreading on social media originate from detainees, mocking the corrections system.
In an effort to divert attention from aberrant behavior, the agency has taken note of the humorous deeds captured on illicit cellphones by inmates.
They will remove these contrabands without fear, according to Nxumalo.
This, according to him, implies that the few disobedient inmates at the Boksburg prison, who attempted to thwart the search, knew they were storing contraband in their cells.
Additionally, during the holiday season, over a hundred people died on the highways of Gauteng.
“We will never allow the subversion of the Correctional Services Act by disobedient offenders who continue to terrorize communities and officials by committing crimes while in lawful custody.
“Those who own them and bring them into our facilities illegally.” “The perpetrators have identified themselves via social media, and their actions will aid in the disciplinary procedures,” said Nxumalo.
The DCS will conduct a comprehensive examination into whether the Festive Season Security Operation will continue as planned.
There is a reason why the legal system separated some individuals for rehabilitation from society.
Therefore, Correctional Centres shall never serve as a venue for persons to perpetuate lawlessness and harm the state.
The DCS is now identifying the perpetrators and taking appropriate action against them.