The country’s correctional facilities are ready to allow inmates to exercise their rights and vote in the elections today.
Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha visited two of South Africa’s biggest correctional facilities – the Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre in Pretoria and the Johannesburg Correctional Centre - to assess their state of readiness yesterday, according to the South African Government News Agency.
He said that he was satisfied that the IEC and all involved have all arrangements in place to ensure a smooth election process.
Out of the country’s 164 000-inmate population, just over 11 000 have registered to vote in the 2019 elections, according to the South African Government News Agency. The main reason many inmates do not vote is because they are not in possession of ID documents and cannot afford the R140 to apply for one.
Masutha expressed disappointment in the low number of prisoners who registered to vote.
"The challenge is that offenders tend to mislead each other with stories of how other yet-to-be-detected offences will be discovered if they register to vote."
Voting stations at the various designated correctional centres across South Africa have been open since 7am and will run for the same hours as those voting stations outside of the facilities.
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