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‘There is increased cellphone use in prison’

The Correctional Services Department says access to cellphones behind bars is illegal.

Inmates of Pollsmoor’s Maximum Security seemingly started a Facebook page posting pictures of themselves. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - The Correctional Services Department says there has been a marked increase in the number of inmates having illegal access to the internet.

Last week, Eyewitnesses News revealed a Facebook page seemingly by inmates at Pollsmoor's Maximum Security Prison that gave a glimpse of their life behind bars.

Prison officials are still trying to identify those who set up the account.

Meanwhile, the department says it confiscated thousands of cellphones in prison raids across the country over the past year.

The department's Manelisi Wolela says access to cellphones behind bars is illegal.

"When those cellphones are readily accessible, besides communicating with their families and keeping contact, the problem with those cellphones is they will be used to perpetrate crimes and to continue with cybercrime which is becoming a problem in the country, so we cannot allow those things."