- A prison official was taken into custody after allegedly attempting to smuggle contraband into St Albans Medium B Correctional Centre
- He was found to be in possession of Mandrax tablets, cell phones and chargers
- He will appear in court on Monday, he had initially tried to escape a routine search but was caught prevented from fleeing in his car
The department for correctional services has revealed that one of their officials was caught allegedly trying to smuggle illegal items into St Albans Medium B Correctional Centre in the Eastern Cape.
The incident happened son Friday morning during a normal inspection at the entrance. The official approached the gate in a vehicle but tried to turn around when he saw that searches were being carried out.
An order was given to chase the car and he was apprehended. The official was found to have 120 Mandrax tablets in his possession as well as cellular phones, cellphone chargers and USB cables according to Sowetan Live.
The department congratulated its members on not hesitating on arresting one of their own.
The official is being detained by the police and will appear in court on Monday.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported on the 10 worst prisons in Africa. Prisons in Africa are mainly characterized by malnutrition and overcrowding, which leads to widespread diseases and even untimely inmate deaths.
Thus, some of these African prisons are considered to be the worst in the world. This is not to say that there are no conducive prisons in Africa, but the focus today is on the worst jails in Africa as outlined below.
In other news, Angelo Agrizzi has opted to appeal the court ruling that he will be denied bail, citing poor health and the dismal state of SA prisons as his reasons for opting to challenge the finding.
The former BOSASA COO was rushed to hospital after spending just one evening in jail and shortly after his transfer to hospital, approaching the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in an attempt to have him released.
The application accused Magistrate Philip Venter of making a mistake when he ruled in Agrizzi's case which includes charges of corruption for allegedly making payments to former ANC MP Vincent Smith.
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