Juveniles in detention centres go hungry

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A man who raped and killed a Robertson woman was sentenced to life in jail by the Western Cape High Court on Thursday, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said.

A man who raped and killed a Robertson woman was sentenced to life in jail by the Western Cape High Court on Thursday, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said.

WEB_PHOTO_Prison_270614

A man who raped and killed a Robertson woman was sentenced to life in jail by the Western Cape High Court on Thursday, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said.

A man who raped and killed a Robertson woman was sentenced to life in jail by the Western Cape High Court on Thursday, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Correctional Services has admitted that children are going hungry at juvenile centres across the country.

Vuyi Mlomo-Ndlovu is the Deputy Commissioner: Remand Operations Management at the Department.

In a recent radio interview, she admitted to a shortage of resources over the weekend. As such, only two meals were served in a day, and these were served at the same time.

During the week this is different when a full staff component is available -- three meals are served at the standard meal times.

The issue of weekend meals is a great cause for concern as it means that juveniles, who are still growing and developing and therefore need adequate nutrition, could be going for up to 14 hours between meals.

eNCA&39;s Cathy Mohlahlana spoke to Mlomo-Ndlovu to find out why is this the case. 

* Watch the interview in the gallery above.