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Department of Correctional Services reacts to “Fake” Video

Department of Correctional Services reacts to “Fake” Video

The department of correctional services announced that it has identified the suspected creator of the “fake” video which shows three inmates assaulting a prison warden.  The department said that it has contacted the police to prosecute the suspect.  On Sunday the Correctional Services Department said in a statement that it was aware of the video.

“DCS can categorically state that this is all an act and nothing closer to reality,” said correctional services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo. “The person behind the videos has been identified and the department is engaging with the SAPS for the law to take its course,” he said in the statement.

According to Nxumalo, the videos contravene section 124 of the Correctional Services Act which states that “any unauthorised person who wears or uses the departmental uniform, distinctive badge or insignia of the department or of a custody official or anything deceptively resembling them is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine or, in default of payment, to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to such imprisonment without the option of a fine or both”.

Nxumalo said section 125 of the act also says any person “masquerading as a correctional or custody official” is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine or, in default of payment, to imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years or to such imprisonment without the option of a fine, or both.

“The department of correctional services never granted any permission for the production of these videos; hence the resolve to embark on legal processes in dealing with those behind them.”

He said the department had processes in place for creative artists to approach them to use its uniform or property.

“These requests are processed internally and can only be approved by the national commissioner and such work must be in the interests of justice and rehabilitation of inmates. The videos currently making rounds are an attack on Correctional Services and also undermine the authority of the state,” Nxumalo said.  “We view this in a very serious light, as it may have serious consequences for our officials and inmates,” said Nxumalo.


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