Statement issued by Bongani Msomi: UDM Secretary General

The United Democratic Movement is calling for an end on access of mobile phones and dangerous weapons inside correctional service centres. The Party has been calling for stringent security measures to be put in place in prisons to avoid crimes that are being done by prisoners while incarcerated.

The access to these weapons and equipment show clearly that the police officers, prison warders and everyone else are not safe. It is unfortunate that some of the same officials or warders are to blame for this anarchy.

How can a prisoner be able to possess such dangerous weapons as we have seen in Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir’s case? He was found with a possession of a number of illegal dangerous weapons including a 9 millimetre pistol.The Correctional Minister Michael Masutha owes the nation an explanation.

The Correctional Services Department’s mission is to provide safe environment for South Africans or citizens against the perpetrators of law transgressors but it is failing because of corrupt personnel.

An investigation must take place to determine those responsible for the distribution and they must be brought to book.