Nicro slams remission of prisoner sentences

Nicro said remission of prisoner's sentences was not the way to go in dealing with prison overcrowding.

Prisoners at Leeukop Correctional Facility

CAPE TOWN: National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Reintegration of Offenders (Nicro) on Monday said remission of prisoner's sentences was not the way to go in dealing with issues such as overcrowding in jails.

President Jacob Zuma announced on Freedom Day thousands of non-violent offenders would have their sentences shortened.

But some opposition parties and non-governmental organisations slammed the move.

Nicro's Celia Dawson said remission was not a proactive approach.

"Remission cannot be means of dealing with prison overcrowding. There are far more efficient ways."

Convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik and former police commissioner Jackie Selebi could benefit from the process.

The Azanian People's Organisation (Azapo) earlier said remission of prisoners was aimed at freeing Shaik.

Shaik is Zuma's former financial adviser and he was released on medical parole in 2009 after serving two years and four months of his 15-year prison term.