Dept improves measures to curb prison smuggling

The ministry's annual reports revealed more than 54,000 mobile phones were seized during searches.

FILE: The Department for Correctional Services on Monday said it has improved measures to curb the smuggling of contraband such as cellphones into its prisons. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Department for Correctional Services on Monday said it has improved measures to curb the smuggling of contraband such as cellphones into its prisons.

The ministry's annual reports revealed more than 54,000 mobile phones were seized during searches over the past three years.

The department's Manelisi Wolela said, "The department has prioritised the issue of cellphone detection and currently we are working on a programme right across the country that will have facilities that will be able to detect cell phones. Anyone who comes into proximity, it doesn't matter where they are hiding the cellphones in their bodies, we can discover it."