The department of correctional services is set to take action against a female warder who was caught on video having sex with an inmate at the prison in KwaZulu-Natal.
The graphic video that has gone viral on social media shows the female passionately kissing the inmate in what looks like an office inside the prison before they get half naked and get into the act.
Spokesperson for the department Singabakho Nxumalo said a video with flustering scenes of alleged sexual activity between an official and an inmate at the Ncome Correctional Centrehas left the department appalled, embarrassed and gutted.
"Sexual activities between inmates and correctional officials are shameful incidents that can never be ascribed to what is expected of our officials," said Nxumalo.
He said the official involved has been identified and she will be subjected to a disciplinary process with immediate effect.
"Disciplinary measures have also been instituted against the inmate," said Nxumalo. Furthermore, Nxumalo said the correctional officials are expected to abide by a code of conduct at all times.
"Despicable acts of sexual activities with inmates shall never be tolerated. We appeal to those in possession of the video to refrain from disseminating it," Nxumalo said.
“Correctional officials are expected to abide by a code of conduct, and despicable acts of sexual activities with inmates shall never be tolerated,” he said.
The department appealed to individuals in possession of the steamy video to refrain from disseminating it.
The clip has been shared particularly on Twitter, with some social media users noting that the female warder could have been blackmailed by the inmate, who is seen positioning a recording device moments before the two start kissing.
In January, the department of correctional services said it was installing body scanners at identified correctional facilities within six management areas in an effort to clamp down on the smuggling of contraband into prisons.
Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola said the body scanners were introduced after an official was caught at St Albans Correctional Centre in the Eastern Cape trying to smuggle contraband.
"The aim of the scanners in question is a threat detection solution which combines ultra-low radiation with maximum visibility, therefore addressing the challenges of smuggling of contraband i.e. cell phones and drugs among others," Lamola said.
"It will detect any hidden metals, weapons and drugs in a body of a person. The scanner will be able to search all body cavities without compromising the privacy of individuals and reduce the time taken to manually search inmates, officials and visitors.“
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