Statements

MEDIA STATEMENT

South African Correctional Officers Services Workers Unions (SACOSWU) is saddened by the untimely death of female Correctional official at Goedemoed Prison in the Free State during the hostage drama on the 29 March 2019 on Friday where another pregnant official was raped on the same instance. SACOSWU is greatly distressed and disturbed by these attacks on our members. The Department of Correctional Services should take full responsibility which implies being held accountable for circumstances leading to the death and attack on the officials. As much as the department could wish to dishonestly deny that shortage of staff was one of the contributing circumstances which includes a very ominous and ineffective working pattern introduced in 2009 rendering the correctional operations to be very unsafe.