CAPE TOWN – The South African Prisoners Organisation for Human Rights (SAPOHR) wants inmates to be allowed cellphones in jail to warn of imminent attacks and violence.
This comes in the wake of Monday’s attack on prison warders at St Albans Correctional Centre in Port Elizabeth in which three inmates died.
SAPOHR president Golden Miles Bhudu has lashed out at the Department of Correctional Services and the Judicial Inspectorate of Correctional Services (JCIS) for not addressing prisoners’ rights, and warned that a spillover of violence to other prisons is highly likely.
Bhudu says permitting cellphones in prison would go a long way in assisting with intelligence gathering in prisons.
“We are saying these are the gadgets that can still prevent the unnecessary deaths of prisoners and the unnecessary, illegal things happening in this institution.”