SA convicts having a braai fest in prison sparks outrage. Pictures of South African convicts having a braai went viral has sparked outrage in the country. The Images of inmates seen braaiing at a prison facility caused anger among people and the social media who thought it defeats the whole purpose of prison.
Many said the inmates were using taxpayers’ money to enjoy themselves when they are supposed to be serving time. Thabo Malefahla wrote on Facebook. “I heard these days they get more than one meal a day so they don’t mind committing crime.”
Neleshen Nairobi wrote:
“Prison should be punishment for wrongdoing not for celebrating and feasting better than homeless people who have never committed a crime in their lives.” But Pomelo Motaung had a different view:
“We look at prison as some sort of punishment but authorities look at it as a rehabilitation centre. We have this thing that offenders must suffer but how will they be rehabilitated if they are suffering?”
Correctional Services did not name the facility where the braai took place but said was nothing new. Spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo said there are various activities which take place in correctional centres where specific meals are prepared in line with what has been requested.
“When such meals are prepared, we utilise the services of officials and inmates. In some instances, inmates will be involved in preparing a braai, should it be part of the requested meal,” he said.
Source – iHarare
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