COVID-19 in SA: Release of prisoners to commence

The Department of Correctional Services says murderers, rapists, child abusers and terrorists will not be considered for early release. Some 19,000 prisoners are expected to be released soon from 240 prisons across the country. Let's get more on this story with Spokesperson, Singabakho Nxumalo. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The Correctional Services Department says murderers, rapists, child abusers and terrorists will not be considered for early release.

Some 19,000 prisoners are expected to be released soon, from 240 centres across the country.

Correctional Services spokesperson, Singabakho Nxumalo says the department has begun a process of recalling parole board members to look at certain cases.

COVID-19: Calls for more prisoners to be released

“The parole boards will be coming back to the office across all management areas. I must stress that only those who qualify to be placed out, will be placed out. You must have done rehabilitation programmes, you must have been assessed by a social worker, psychologist, and other specialists. Upon that assessment, it must be determined that indeed you are a low risk to society and that you have been rehabilitated,” said Nxumalo.

Earlier this month, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced he was releasing 19,000 prisoners to curb the spread of COVID-19 in prisons and ease overcrowding.

The parole only applies to low-risk prisoners who would have applied for parole in the last five years.

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