It has been reported that the SA prisons are over populated. This was reported by the correctional services department. It was further reported that immediate attention is needed on the matter.

South African prisons are overpopulated by 38%.

This is according to spokesperson of the Department of Correctional Services Singabakho Nxumalo, who speaks to Radio 702’s Xolani Gwala on the state of overpopulation in local prisons.

“… Which is not a good picture but what we have said as the department is that we can bring as many new centres to the grid as possible but that will not solve the problem at the end of the day.”