Wednesday, June 02, 2010

41 prisoners escape South African prison - most ever

SHOOT: I'm sure tourists will be very reassured by this. South Africa is an incredibly safe country with decent police and government officials - NOT!
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Pretoria - A mass escape by prisoners at the Harrismith Correctional Centre on Monday has led to the summarily dismissal of two Correctional Services officials who were linked to the escape.

The dismissals follow a prompt fact finding visit to the facility by Correctional Services Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula - following an escape last night of 41 awaiting trial detainees.

According to the department, Monday's escape was the biggest single escape from a correctional facility in many years.

Mapisa-Nqakula said breaching of security cannot be tolerated because South Africans and Parliament expect not just the reduction of escapes, but no escapes from Correctional Centres.

She said the President's directive is for all departments of the Criminal Justice System to ensure that "all people in South Africa are and feel safe.'

The minister praised the South African Police Services for making quick and good progress in recapturing eight of the 41 escapees within a few hours after their escape.
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