Parliament’s whirlwind week continues, stacking budget vote debates atop media briefings from morning till night. So many “good stories”, so little time to tell them in. We’re getting there, though: we’re now more than halfway through government ministries telling us about their plans for the year. To help you keep up, REBECCA DAVIS again summarises the choice bits from Wednesday’s Parliamentary frenzy.
There are fewer criminals behind bars than ten years ago. Minimum sentencing regulations led to an explosion in inmate numbers, so the Department of Correctional Services introduced alternative sentencing, built additional bed spaces and took better management of the parole system. This reduced the inmate population by 31,000 between 2004 and 2014. As of March 2014 there were 157,170 inmates in South African jails, which still keeps things pretty cosy.
Eugene de Kock’s victims’ families were not alone in not being consulted about his parole. At present, victims are participating in less than 5% of parole hearings. But Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha says the department is taking steps to fix this. As of November this year, they aim to introduce video-conferencing in all parole board offices, to allow people to participate in parole hearings even if there…
Source : Daily Maverick