Prison break is not a free walk out the walls of a prison where one smiles and waves at officials and friends.
No, it is a thoughtful and strategic act. It takes courage and defiance to make it unseen. It is an unofficial or illegal way of fleeing from the maddening walls of a prison.
And that’s why many prisons use security features such as motion sensors, CCTV, barred windows, high walls, barbed wire (or razor wire in some countries) and electric fencing to prevent escape.
Report reaching us says a 44-year-old inmate at Middledrift Correctional Centre who was serving a seven-year sentence for housebreaking and theft‚ has escaped from Eastern Cape prison on Thursday.
Speaking about the incidence, Department of Correctional Services spokesperson Zama Feni said‚ Mzwandile Mpukwana was sentenced on September 18‚ 2010.
And that “the last time he was seen‚ he was with a group of 10 offenders working at the garden within the correctional facility precinct.”
If anybody happens to see a suspicious-looking person in your community or anywhere‚ then they are encouraged to call or report the matter to the nearest police.
Zeni expressed shocking that Mpukwana, who was due to be set free in few months would decide to engage in such act.
“We find it shocking that someone who was on the verge of completing his sentence and due to be released in September could engage himself in an activity of this nature.”
He however promised that frantic efforts have been put in place to re-capture the villain.
Our security officials‚ together with the police‚ are on the lookout for the escapee.”
The service said an internal investigation into how the escape took place will be undertaken.
Escaping from prison is also a criminal offense in some countries, e.g. United States and Russia, and it is highly likely to result in time being added to the inmate’s sentence, as well as the inmate being placed under increased security.
when this occurs, an effort is made on the part of authorities to recapture them and return them to their original detainers
Prisons in South Africa are run by the Department of Correctional Services. According to the ministry, there are approximately 34,000 employees of the department running 240 prisons.
In those prisons are nearly 156,000 inmates as of August 2013. The prisons include minimum, medium and maximum security facilities.
Last year, Eastern Cape prison authorities said a cellphone detection system will soon be installed at the prison where alleged killers who murdered teacher Jayde Panayiotou are being held.
Last year, a group of five prisoners awaiting trial prisoners decided to flex their muscles when they managed to cut through wire mesh and hot-footed it into the night in Ritavi.
The five – Lazarus Moseamedi, Stanley Sipho Nkwana, Kgomotso Mokhabudi, Rufus Mkhawana and Dumisani Nukiwe Khosa serving sentences in Limpopo were all arrested for serious crimes.
The Minister of Correctional Services is S’bu Ndebele. he has occupied the position since 2012.