By Palesa Sehloho
Pollsmoor maximum security prisoners have evidently broken prison rules by being in possession of a cell phone within their cells. Surely most of us have seen the American hit television series “Orange is the new black” or “Prison Break”, it is definitely possible to smuggle illegal items into prisons. Most of the time this is done through the prison warders who choose to see past it and gain money or drugs in return.
The prisoners were identified when they posted pictures of themselves in their cells on Facebook in their orange jumpsuits. The Facebook page had about 3000 likes and has since been removed once the correctional services found out about it. This has caused uproar amongst the officials and have raided each prison cell. Correctional Services provincial spokesperson Simphiwe Xako said…
“The page was created by inmates in the awaiting-trial section, where there is a lot of coming and going. We do have security measures and search people, but sometimes they find loopholes”.
Raids have been implemented across the country since the Facebook incident and prison warders are now under investigation. Department of Correctional Services spokesperson Manelisi Wolela said that prisons across the country have been raided, and thousands of cell phones and electronic devices have been found. Within the pollsmoor prison itself atleast 49 cell phones and 100’s of electronic devices were found.