The division of correctional services acknowledged it has identified the suspected creator of a “unsuitable” video depicting three inmates assaulting a jail warder and that it has approached the police to prosecute the particular person responsible.
In a statement on Sunday, the division acknowledged it used to be conscious of a video making the rounds on social media, “depicting three inmates assaulting an official and an inmate carrying a gun and a knife”.
“DCS can categorically insist that right here is all an act and nothing closer to actuality,” acknowledged correctional services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo.
“The particular person on the assist of the videos has been identified and the division is partaking with the SAPS for the law to recall its route,” he acknowledged within the statement.
Nxumalo acknowledged the videos contravene part 124 of the Correctional Services Act which states that “any unauthorised one who wears or uses the departmental uniform, distinctive badge or insignia of the division or of a custody official or one thing else deceptively corresponding to them is responsible of an offence and liable on conviction to a handsome or, in default of payment, to imprisonment for a duration now no longer exceeding six months or to such imprisonment with out the choice of a handsome or both”.
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He acknowledged part 125 of the act additionally says any particular person “masquerading as a correctional or custody official” is responsible of an offence and liable on conviction to a handsome or, in default of payment, to imprisonment for a duration now no longer exceeding two years or to such imprisonment with out the choice of a handsome, or both.
“The division of correctional services never granted any permission for the production of these videos; hence the rating to the backside of to embark on accurate processes in coping with these on the assist of them,” acknowledged Nxumalo.
He acknowledged the division had processes in build for inventive artists to technique them to make expend of its uniform or property.
“These requests are processed internally and can simplest be well-liked by the nationwide commissioner and such work desires to be within the interests of justice and rehabilitation of inmates,” acknowledged Nxumalo.
“The videos currently making rounds are an assault on Correctional Services and additionally undermine the authority of the insist,” he acknowledged.
“We uncover out about this in a extraordinarily serious gentle, because it would perhaps occupy serious consequences for our officials and inmates,” acknowledged Nxumalo.
by Aron Hyman