|Sadly, the prison warder committed suicide following circulation of the image. The center’s officials say the inmate in question is likely to suffer some sanctions after investigations are done.
It has emerged that a Losperfontein Correctional Centre employee committed suicide on Monday morning after photos of her being strangely intimate with a prison inmate went viral.
According to Correctional Services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo, it is unclear how the pictures were shared and who shared them.
Mr. Singabakho Nxumalo further stated that in the case of the inmate involved, an investigation is currently ongoing to indicate the violations and to recommend sanctions.
“The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has been made aware of images involving an official and inmate, from Losperfontein Correctional Centre, in an intimate position circulating on social media,” Nxumalo said.
“Whilst DCS was busy investigating this matter, we have since learned with shock that the official allegedly appearing on the images has committed suicide”.
Regional Commissioner Mandla Mkabela has expressed grief and sadness at the incident.
He said “On behalf of DCS, we want to convey our condolences to the family and colleagues of the deceased official.”
“We have dispatched a team of senior managers and our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) specialists to provide necessary support.
“As this is disturbing and strictly prohibited, the department condemns this type of behaviour in the strongest possible terms,” Mr. Mkabela said.