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Motshekga: Joburg prison scandal a reflection of moral degeneration

Chairperson of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services Mathole Motshekga says the country's fading moral compass was exposed at the Johannesburg Prison on youth day.

An image circulated on social media of the prison strippers at the Johannesburg Correctional Centre. Picture: Twitter

JOHANNESBURG – Chairperson of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services Mathole Motshekga has told Eyewitness News that what happened at the Johannesburg Prison is a reflection of a deepening moral degeneration in South Africa.

On Monday, it emerged that a Youth Day celebration at the facility, which is also known as Sun City, included scantily dressed women entertaining convicts.

Explicit photos of three women dressed in knee-high boots and lace lingerie circulated on social media this week.

Motshekga says that the country's fading moral compass was exposed at the Johannesburg Prison on youth day.

“We can’t ignore what we saw on the papers, but for us, that’s a reflection of the deepening moral degeneration in our society.”

He says the scenes that unfolded are embarrassing and go against the mandate of Justice and Correctional Services to rehabilitate convicts.

“And it’s very much disturbing because here we have offenders that we give an opportunity to be rehabilitated.”

The Correctional Services Department says an investigation is underway and at least 13 officials face suspension.

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