It has emerged that foreigners in SA prisons cost the country about R1.6 billion each year.
According to circulating reports, there are about 12,000 foreigners in SA prisons and, almost R1.6 billion of taxpayers’ money are being spent on them each year.
Precisely, it’s said that 11,842 foreign nationals are serving in prisons across South Africa.
BuzzSouthAfrica must point out that this figure is different from the one the State Security Minister, David Mahlobo offered earlier this week while he was commenting on the campaign for the Death Penalty to return.
The Minnister inferred that there are 6,440 foreigners who are prisoners in South Africa’s overcrowded jails.
Nonetheless, the new figure was reportedly disclosed by the Justice Minister, Michael Masutha.
As learnt, Minister Masutha in response to parliament questions asked by the Freedom Front Plus party, asserted that there are 11,842 foreigners in SA prisons. And, that each of them cost the country R133,850 every year.
Minister Masutha buttressed that the foreign nationals in prisons include 918 murderers. He added that 359 are waiting for trial for murder charges. Also, 454 foreigners are in prison for rape with another 254 awaiting trial for the same crime.
While 448 Zimbabweans are currently imprisoned or awaiting trial for murder, the figure for Mozambicans is 311. Similarly, 213 Mozambicans are currently imprisoned or awaiting trial for rape. For Zimbabweans, the figure is 186.
The data for Zimbabweans and Mozambicans were highlighted in the Minister’s reply because Freedom Front Plus’ MP, Pieter Groenewald specifically asked for it.
Zimbabwe Exiles Forum is pissed about that. The Chairperson of the Forum, Gabriel Shumba was quoted to have said:
“The moment you want to give crime a nation or race is stoking xenophobic flames.
There is no basis to question what nationality is imprisoned, which prison and for what crime.”
Meanwhile, it was generally disclosed that the total number of people imprisoned in South Africa is 158,111. 40,823 of them are still awaiting trial.