SAfrica to release 35,000 from crowded prisons
Monday, 30 April 2012
South African prisoners - Male rape is not recognised as such in South Africa and there is no data on prison rape despite the fact that South Africa has one of the highest rates of prison rape in the world, which correlates with its overcrowded prisons. ‘No one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. Perhaps South Africa and the World need to heed Nelson Mandela's words "A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens but its lowest ones.’ Nelson Mandela, A Long Walk to Freedom.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African authorities say they are releasing up to 35,000 offenders to ease overcrowding in the nation's prisons.
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said Saturday some 14,600 prison inmates will be released "conditionally or unconditionally," along with more than 20,000 offenders on probation or parole who qualify to have sentences cut.
President Jacob Zuma announced the pardons, known as special remission of sentences, to mark the anniversary Friday of Nelson Mandela winning the nation's first all-race elections in 1994.
Mthethwa told reporters violent criminals and those jailed for sexual, drug-related and weapons offenses will not be freed. Prison overcrowding was being reduced from 34 percent over capacity to about 20 percent.
Since 1994, prisoners have been amnestied on several symbolic occasions
With South Africa being one of the fastest growing countries in Africa it seems only fitting that the demand for communications and internet access is growing at a rapid rate. SatCom Africa, now in its 16th year of operation, is the largest satellite communications conference and exhibition focusing on the…