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Offenders to be tracked via GPS

Offenders will now be tracked via a GPS tagging bracelet launched by Correctional Services.

Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele announced the rollout of an electronic monitoring system, which will see offenders tagged with a GPS tracking device. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has this morning announced the roll-out of an electronic monitoring system, which will see offenders tagged with GPS tracking devices.

The implementation of the device will see the cost of managing some offenders more than halved, from the R9,000 a month it takes to incarcerate them, to R3,500 to have them tagged.

Ndebele says the main purpose of implementing the tags is to reduce the prison population by ensuring detention outside of correctional facilities.

"Electronic monitoring is used to ensure that an individual remains in a designated place."

He says the devices are tamper proof, and set off alarms at a permanently resourced monitoring centre.

"Once the bracelet is fitted and set to 'active', it cannot be removed without breaking the transmitter strap or connector clips.

The GPS tracking bracelet which was launched by the Correctional Services Department. Picture: Barry Bateman/EW.

The minister says the project has been budgeted for in the next year, where they hope to see as many as 500 offenders tagged.

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