COVID-19 parolees reoffend

Parliament's portfolio committee on Correctional Services heard today that at least 126 of those released under a special COVID-19 dispensation, have since re-offended. Courtesy #DStv403

CAPE TOWN - At least six murders have been committed by offenders released from prisons under a special COVID-19 dispensation.

But none of the 14,000 offenders released was actually in jail for murder.

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Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Correctional Services heard on Wednesday that at least 126 of those released have since re-offended.

A year ago, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced 19,000 inmates would be released.

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It was a move to reduce overcrowding in prisons in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But Correctional Services says a further audit has revealed that in fact only just over 17,900 inmates qualified for early release.


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