Releasing prisoners on parole is a controversial issue.
Some believe those convicted of murder and rape should not be granted parole but the government says all inmates should be given a chance to be rehabilitated and reintegrated.
It said only a few become repeat offenders.
Correctional Services visited parolees in the Western Cape to check if they are complying with their release conditions.
It’s part of its national festive season security operation.
Led by Correctional Services acting-national commissioner Makgothi Thobakgale, most of the visits proved successful as parolees were at home, others were not so compliant.
A young man who was released on parole after serving time for rape of a minor was declared an absconder as he was not at home during a previous visit.
Aware of his imminent arrest after his parole was revoked, he escaped from his makeshift house.
But he could not escape the long arm of the law.
Another sexual offender was found to be non-compliant with his family saying he had gone to Worcester.
Thobakgale said, “they have been released on parole they have conditions which they have to comply with. We are here to make sure that they comply with those conditions. For instance they should not be in the streets after 10 at night not utilizing intoxicated substances.”
Thobakgale says parole means offenders are serving the rest of their sentences in the care of their families.
He says communities should welcome and protect correctional services officers who are performing their duties in order to keep communities safe.
He says the monitoring will also take place in other provinces ahead and during the holiday season.
“We will also be doing searches in our own facilities to make sure that we root out contraband and illegal substances that find themselves in out facilities to make sure offenders in our facilities and officials are safe. As they do their work.”
One by they are marched out and given an opportunity to declare whether they have any illegal goods in their possession.
Several cells at Pollsmoor Prison were searched. A variety of illegal objects were found including dozens of cellphones, knives, pairs of scissors, and drugs.
How the items are being smuggled in is being investigated.
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