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Parly committee to visit Johannesburg prison following stripper scandal

Correctional Services officials say this form of entertainment is not in line with the department’s procedures and policies and it was not approved.

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

CAPE TOWN – A Parliamentary oversight committee will on Wednesday visit the Johannesburg Prison following a Youth Day celebration at the Johannesburg Correctional Centre which included scantily dressed women.

Explicit photos of three women dressed in knee-high boots and lace lingerie entertaining convicts have been widely circulated on social media.

The Correctional Services Department has condemned the incident, saying an investigation is underway.

Correctional Services officials say that this form of entertainment is not in line with the department’s procedures and policies and it was not approved.

Images of the three women have resulted in a public outcry on social media.

Parliament’s Justice and Correctional Services Committee Acting Chairperson, Chana Pilane-Majake, says that the matter is on the committee’s agenda among other operational issues at the Johannesburg Prison.

“We’ll have to discuss it because it’s something that’s now in the public space, which of course is concerning but we’re happy because we’re going to engage them directly.”

Thirteen officials are under investigation for the alleged roles in the scandal.

The committee will extend its oversight visit to the Kgosi Mampuru prison facility in Tshwane on Thursday.