President Cyril Ramaphosa took the bold decision to allow 19 000 prisoners to be released in an attempt to curb the spread of Covid-19 in jails. South Africans have reacted angrily to the news.
Briefly.co.za previously reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa has given the early release of select prisoners the green light.
This comes in an apparent attempt to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in correctional facilities.
The move will see a staggering 19 000 inmates being released well ahead of schedule.
However, government was quick to add that the prisoners will not have their sentences remitted and will serve their sentence under Community Corrections until they reach their respective sentence expiry dates.
After Briefly.co.za shared the controversial news, South Africans were quick to criticise the president's decision.
Poleen Kgobe said,
"This is a bad move indeed. One minute frustrations of am I safe from this virus jika jika crime escalates, it means vigilance 24/7."
Sphelele Nkwanyana wanted to know whether they would be entitled to the new grant:
"Will they also qualify for R350? Why they don't quarantine them in stadiums pending the Covid 19. Another blunder by our president."
John Haupt applied some sarcasm to get his point across:
"Yes! Welcome to Mzansi where lawlessness reigns Supreme and Law abiding citizens are criminalised and victimised."
Malebo Georgia Seale shared a different perspective:
"We miss our brothers and sisters they must come back home.... We have the real criminals in our country, especially in terms of corruption and nothing is done against them.. Some of our sisters and brothers have served their sentences and really wanna change their lives for the better. Let's give them a chance. Am sure they are not that harmful to our communities."
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