Inmates active on social media face harsh action
Officials say inmates found to be using phones could have their sentences prolonged or privileges revoked.
CAPE TOWN - The Correctional Services department said stringent disciplinary measures will serve as a deterrent to inmates smuggling cellphones.
Prison officials said inmates found to be using phones could have their sentences prolonged or privileges revoked.
Cellphone detection systems have been piloted at seven facilities across the country including two in the Western Cape.
It comes amid claims of the creation of a Facebook page, seemingly created by inmates at Pollsmoor's Maximum Security prison that gives users a glimpse of their life behind bars.
Cellphone detection systems have been piloted in among others Pollsmoor, St. Albans Prison in the Eastern Cape and Kgosi Mampuru Prison in Gauteng.
The department's Manelisi Wolela said, "We're able, through what they call triangulation, to locate a cellphone immediately it's activated, either for sending a text message or connecting to internet or making a voice call. Where there is evidence they get convicted and penalties are instituted."
A Facebook page has been created, featuring dozens of photos of Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison inmates.
These pictures are believed to have been taken by the inmates.
Some of the pictures include selfies, inmates sleeping and prisoners brandishing gang signs.