January 17, 2019


Allegations of abuse at Kimberley prison


A report by Justice Edwin Cameron describes serious problems at Tswelopele Correctional Centre in Kimberley, but also finds some positive aspects to the prison. Cameron and three law clerks visited the prison in October 2016 following allegations by prisoners of assault. The report describes findings of an investigation by the Judicial Inspectorate of Correctional Services (JICS). It found that the contract for the CCTV security cameras expired more than a year ago and 99% of the camera recording system doesn’t work, the general maintenance contract expired more than two years ago, warm water isn’t available, and inmates can’t freely use…

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Maluti-A-Phofung turns to God to end women abuse


Religious leaders and community members from Maluti-A-Phofung Local Municipality yesterday gathered at Phuthditjhaba Multipurpose Hall to seek solutions to the continued rise in cases of women and child abuse across the province. The leaders also called on God to instil some consciousness in men, who in most cases are the perpetrators of violence, so that they stop the abuse. The prayer coincided with Africa Day celebrations across the continent. Maluti-A-Phofung in the eastern Free State is among the hardest hit areas battling cases of women and child killings, sparking a public outcry. A member of the mayoral committee responsible for…

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‘No free lawyers for perpetrators of violent crimes’


Acting Free State Premier Mathabo Leeto on Monday led hundreds of women at the Frikkie Meyer Hall in Welkom to call for stiffer sentences for people convicted of violent crimes. The women gathered for a prayer session seeking divine intervention against the increasing atrocities directed at women and children across the country in recent weeks. They also called on government to deny free legal representation for people accused of abusing women and other violent crimes. Leeto who is the provincial MEC for sport, arts and culture, challenged women to be on the forefront of robust discussions ahead of the ANC…

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