Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has yet again warned Correctional Officials that crime and corruption will be rooted out.
“The behavior of Correctional Officials has a direct influence on the lives of offenders. This noble profession of corrections has no place for criminals. As the Department of Correctional Services (DCS), we will fight fraud and corruption with vigor. We will root out criminal behavior amongst those who taint our standing, and reputation, in society. The majority of our more than 42 000 DCS officials are honorable and law-abiding. We refuse to allow those few individuals to reverse the gains we have achieved. Correctional Services has made significant strides from the inherited prison system prior to 1994. However, much more still needs to be done.
“According to the Public Service Commission 2011/12 Report, DCS was evaluated as the third best institution in dealing with fraud and corruption. As part of the Department’s anti-corruption strategy, since 2009/10, more than 171 DCS officials were dismissed, demoted or suspended for offences related to only fraud and corruption, including 28 officials between April and December 2013.
“On 21 August 2013, Mr. Francis Moikutlwi Kwela (39), who was employed at the DCS Legal Services Directorate, was sentenced to five years imprisonment after he was dismissed for fraud amounting to R1 823 393,10. Another official is still to stand trial in the same case. This matter has now been handed over to the Asset Forfeiture Unit for recovery.
Source: South African Official News