More than 1 000 prisoners in Kroonstad prison have gathered in a hall to watch the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Cyril Ramaphosa.
Seven awaiting trial prisoners have escaped from police holding cells in Modimolle, Limpopo. The escapees were identified as Pulano Ndebele, Themba Ncube, Sello Rengane, Mpho Lesese, Kenneth Shuma and Kazen Dluwayo.
Inmates at 240 prisons will also have an opportunity to vote as South Africans cast their votes on Wednesday. Minister Michael Masutha expressed disappointment at the low registered number of inmates.
The fifth awaiting trial prisoner, who escaped in northern KwaZulu-Natal last week, has been re-arrested.
This past week the Department of Correctional Services conducted a special search exercise at various Correctional Centres.