Thu. Aug 11th, 2022

PSA condemns killing of Boksburg Community Correctional officials

The Public Servants Association (PSA), representing more than 14 000 employees at the Department of Correctional Services (DCS), strongly condemns the recent senseless, barbaric killing of two community correctional officers in Boksburg in Gauteng.

The officers were brutally murdered whilst pursuing a parolee who absconded. Lawlessness in the country has reached unprecedented levels where law enforcement officers are no longer feared by criminals. The situation is worsened by severe staff shortages in the DCS and the leniency of the system to offer unmerited parole to unworthy offenders.

It is well documented that the DCS is severely understaffed, which is contributing to ongoing violent attacks on correctional officers by inmates. The PSA was informed of the shortage of batons and safety vests, which further exposes the employees to risks. The PSA cannot stand by and see that these employees are attacked when the DCS is doing nothing to ensure that its establishment is strengthened and that correctional officers are equipped with the required safety equipment.

The PSA urges the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services to prioritise the safety of correctional officials by ensuring the DCS is adequately resourced in terms of staff and equipment required to render duties. The PSA appeals to law authorities to ensure that those responsible for this barbaric killing are brought to book and receive a harsh punishment to deter such behaviour.

The PSA sends heartfelt condolences to the families and colleagues of the two correctional officers who paid the highest price whilst performing their duties The DCS is advised to ensure that the necessary support is offered to officers’ families and colleagues.

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