President Cyril Ramaphosa recently announced that at least 19 000 prisoners will be released on special parole. Briefly.co.za explores which inmates will be set free thanks to this measure to curb Covid-19.
19 00 Prisoners will soon be on the streets of South Africa thanks to an initiative to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa authorised the release of certain 'low-risk' inmates in an attempt to ease overcrowding in prisons.
This unexpected gift will only be given to offenders who committed petty crimes, Ramaphosa explained in his proclamation that offenders would be considered if they had or would have reached their minimum detention periods within a period of 60 months from 8 May.
News24 reports that Correctional Services Department spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo had confirmed 177 Covid-19 cases in the prison network.
The following prisoners will not be eligible for this specialised parole.
- Inmates serving life imprisonment for crimes related to gender-based violence and sexual offences; child abuse; murder, attempted sabotage and terrorism
- Those deemed dangerous in line with the Criminal Procedure Act including those certified mentally ill and detained in line with the Mental Health Care Act
- Offenders with further charges that have not received bail or couldn't pay it
- Inmates who escaped prison or absconded and were still at large as of the date of pronouncement.
- Inmates who are out on bail pending appeals
- Those who committed violations under the Domestic Violence Act
- Inmates detained for armed robbery or robbery with aggravating circumstances
- Any other crime linked the above-mentioned crimes, for example, housebreaking with intent to steal or rape
- Any attempt, soliciting, inciting, or conspiracy to commit the above crimes
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