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FIRST ON EWN: Pollsmoor turning away offenders

Eyewitness News has exclusively learned that inmates returning from court have been turned away from Pollsmoor Prison.

FILE: Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Eyewitness News has exclusively learned that inmates returning from court have been turned away from Pollsmoor Prison.

Correctional Services officials say that the offenders will be taken back to court and held at holding cells and neighbouring police stations while the department undertakes a mass relocation of around 1,000 sentenced offenders.

Sentenced inmates will be sent to prisons in the Free State and the Northern Cape immediately.

The move comes in the wake of a Western Cape High Court ruling regarding overcrowding at the Tokai facility.

Correctional Services Regional Commissioner Delekile Klaas says: ”Currently we’re busy with the transfers of all sentenced offenders to make space for more remands. We are taking all sentenced offenders as far as Free State and Northern Cape. Our long term intention is to turn Pollsmoor into a remand facility.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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