The Department of Correctional Services has recorded fifteen new COVID-19 cases – eleven officials and four inmates.

Ten of the cases emanate from the Eastern Cape, with five from the Western Cape.

The total number of positive cases at correctional facilities now stands at 213 – with two deaths in the Eastern Cape and one death in the Western Cape still under investigation.

Correctional Services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo says, “The Department of Correctional Services can confirm a total of 15 new positive cases for COVID-19. Two provinces in particular are the major contributors which is the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape.”

“This is taking us to 213 positive cases. But key to highlight is that 91 people have recovered. We will continue as a department to ensure that containment measures are in place and prevention remains key in all our action.”

Releasing of some prisoners

Justice Minister Ronald Lamola has told the country that about 19 000 inmates will be released on parole.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has authorised the release of just under 19 000 inmates as part of the COVID-19 parole dispensation.

However, only prisoners who have committed petty crimes will be considered for this parole.

This provision will exclude prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment or serving terms for serious crimes, including sexual offences, murder, gender-based violence and child abuse.

The video below, is  a report on government’s announcement that it will grant parole to some inmates to avoid overcrowding