EDITORIAL: Dysfunction is the reason for the release of prisoners
A stopgap measure cannot solve the fundamental problem of cramped and unsanitary correctional facilities
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...