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An organization representing inmates South African Sentence and Awaiting Trial Prisoners Organisation, (Sasapo) say prisoners will be going on a hunger strike on Monday following their dissatisfaction on the government is responding to grievances they have raised.
The Covid-19 regulations that were set out for inmates has rubbed certain prisoners in a wrong way. One among other regulations were restrictions on visitations to the prisoners.
Speaking to the SABC, the organization’s Chairperson, Phumzile Zweni said the decision for a strike came after prisoners said that they were not satisfied by how Department of Correctional Services has been treating them since the Covid-19 national lockdown.
“They are not allowed to get any visitations; they are not allowed to get any monies as usual from their family members, and it’s infringement of their rights. They have only one set of uniform that they are wearing and there are no other uniforms. There is now a search being conducted by the unit, doing random search on the inmates with no mask and no gloves,” said Zweni.
He also said that although they understand that these regulations were made to protect they are not certain that they won’t get infected by this virus through warders who constantly do searching, as they are the ones who are in contact with the outside world.