Inmates mastermind crimes using cell phones

Correctional Services is urgently looking at ways to stop prisoners from smuggling cell phones into prison.

Offenders at Leeuwkop Prison. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - The Correctional Services Portfolio Committee on Friday said it was urgently looking at ways to stop prisoners from smuggling cell phones into prison.

Committee chairperson Vincent Smith said he was informed that some inmates used phones to plan crimes from behind bars.

Regional Commissioner Zacharia Modise said warders confiscate no less than 60 cell phones in prisons across Gauteng daily.

He called on the department to find ways of blocking cell phone signals in their facilities.

Meanwhile, Smith said there was evidence that some inmates mastermind crimes while they are in custody.

He said there was growing support for the introduction of a CCTV camera system in prison to better monitor activity inside cells.