The national lockdown, in force since late March, is shining an unforgiving spotlight on systemic issues facing SA. One of these issues is overcrowding in prisons, which makes them a breeding ground for infectious diseases such as Covid-19. It’s a long-standing problem.

Last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that about 19,000 prisoners would be eligible for parole in a bid to contain the spread of the virus in SA’s prisons...

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