COVID-19: Lamola issues stern warning to parolees

Justice and Correctional Services Minister, Ronald Lamola spoke to Tony Ndoro. #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Should any of the 19,000 prisoners to be released on parole fail to comply with parole conditions, they will be returned to prison.

That's the warning from Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola.

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"The section of correctional supervision is responsible for monitoring all parole. It is responsible for ensuring that they comply with their conditions. The majority of them do comply but some small fraction of them don't, that is where we come in and revoke the parole and sometimes it becomes unfortunate."

Thousands of low-risk inmates will be released to allow for social distancing at correctional service centres.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa has risen to 8,895.

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Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize also confirmed 17 more COVID-19 related deaths bringing the SA death toll to 178.

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