Cellphones help inmates in family reunification - Sapohr

The president of the South African Prisons Organisation for Human Rights (Sapohr), Miles Bhudu, justified the use of cellphones by inmates as a means to protect themselves against violent prison wardens. This comes in the wake of the prison violence at the St Albans correctional facility in Port Elizabeth that left three inmates dead on Monday.

Bhudu said prisoners are subjected to gross human rights violations, adding that cellphones are often used as a call for help when inmates are confronted with abuse and violence.

If legalised (cellphones), technology is so advanced and you can RICA (Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information) sim cards of inmates to see if they are conducting criminal activities whilst in prison.

Miles Bhudu, Sapohr president

Cellphones are a means for inmates to stay in contact with their families and this helps build family re-unification when they get out.

Miles Bhudu, Sapohr president

Read More
Staff shortages and overcrowding adds to prison violence, Popcru

Staff shortages and overcrowding adds to prison violence, Popcru

Popcru spokesperson says the incident at St Albans correctional services could've been avoided if the department had listened.

Zephany Nurse and Henri van Breda, court cases that rocked the Cape

Zephany Nurse and Henri van Breda, court cases that rocked the Cape

EWN's Giovanna Gerbi looks at the dynamics of the Zephany Nurse and hints on what to expect from the van Breda triple murder case.

Why govt must plan before freeing Pollsmoor's awaiting-trial prisoners

Why govt must plan before freeing Pollsmoor's awaiting-trial prisoners

Pollsmoor Prison conditions have been declared unconstitutional, but there needs to be a plan if detainees are freed in two weeks.

Pollsmoor Prison has two weeks to reduce overcrowding

Pollsmoor Prison has two weeks to reduce overcrowding

Sonke Gender Justice won case challenging poor conditions at the Pollsmoor Remand Detention Facility in the Cape Town High Court.

Incarcerating people with disabilites: What the law says

Incarcerating people with disabilites: What the law says

As Pistorius gets 6 year sentence and goes directly to Kgosi Mampuru || prison, how does the law provide for disabled inmates?

'Overcrowding at Pollsmoor prison has led to rat infestation'

'Overcrowding at Pollsmoor prison has led to rat infestation'

Almost 5 000 inmates are being relocated to other local facilities as officials attempt to clean up the maximum security facility.

Popular articles
So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

Wits associate professor of economics Christopher Malikane speaks to Azania Mosaka about the term that is being bandied about.

Last chance for Spur's 2-for-1 burger special this Monday

Last chance for Spur's 2-for-1 burger special this Monday

Monday (March 27) is your last chance to sink your teeth into the popular burger special which Spur will discontinue from April.

Shop 'til you drop: The top 'Black Friday' deals this week

Shop 'til you drop: The top 'Black Friday' deals this week

Start your Christmas shopping off with a bang at these major retailers offering some impressive discounted sales for Black Friday.

'The university degree is dead'

'The university degree is dead'

Flux Trends founder Dion Chang gives five reasons why he believes getting a degree is past its sell by date.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?

5 ways the NSFAS funding model will change in 2017

5 ways the NSFAS funding model will change in 2017

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) will pilot a new funding model in 2017. NSFAS chairperson Sizwe Nxasana explains.