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southafricalogoThe Star reports that prisoners could be left vulnerable during the 21-day national lockdown as angry warders in fear of their lives have threatened strike action over an alleged lack of protection from coronavirus.  

Prisoners have also threatened to go on hunger strike, with inmates from both male and female correctional facilities slamming the lack of testing and preventative measures given to them to combat the deadly virus.  SA has about 240 prison facilities with a population of more than 154,200 inmates, including thousands of warders.  More than a dozen prison warders, from across the country, claimed that they were made to work for almost two weeks without any screening, sanitisers or other precautions to combat the coronavirus.  They asserted that nothing has been done since President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a national state of disaster two weeks ago and the lockdown on Monday.  The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has compiled a confidential operational plan for its employees that encompasses measures to protect workers and inmates, but none of the warders who spoke to The Star have seen the plan.  In a statement, the DCS said it had “activated infection prevention control measures at all management areas with specific directives to ensure that personal protective equipment is availed and has pushed for the sanitation of reception areas, cells, offices, vehicles and ablution facilities.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Khaya Koko at The Star

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