The party also backtracked on its suggestion that there would be a minimumsentence for whistleblowers.The hearing, adjourned early last week because none of the political partiesopposed to the bill attended, is expected to reconvene tomorrow, ahead of thevote scheduled for November 29.Kasrils was speaking on the first day of a week-long, 24-hour "camp-out"organised by the Right2Know campaign.Its national coordinator, Mark Weinberg, said the public had the right to knowon what the government was spending public money."Where does the money go, why are the wages set the way they are, why aretaxes set the way they are, why are the taxes spent the way they are, why aredoes the profit leave the country the way it does?" said Weinberg.IFP MP Mario Oriani-Ambrosini was also present."I'm here to show my support I fought against this bill for two years and I willcontinue to fight when it comes to the National Assembly," he said.
20 November 2012
Prisons department to set up trading unit to boost training of inmates
THE Department of Correctional Services plans to establish a trading entitythat would offer products and services ranging from furniture, clothing, steelworks, food and many others for sale.This would help inmates acquire the skills to make them productive membersof society upon their release from prison, Correctional Services Minister SbuNdebele said on Monday.The products would be sold to the private sector and nongovernmentalorganisations, and some would be donated to poor communities.Mr Ndebele was speaking on Monday at a conference in Boksburg aimed atfinding solutions to South Africa’s high rate of incarceration and breaking thecycle of crime.He said a number of proposals had been suggested to reduce overcrowdingin the country’s prisons. These included reducing the number of remanddetainees — those awaiting trial — and getting nonviolent sentencedoffenders to serve most of their sentence outside prison.