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Directions to Combat COVID-19 in Correctional Centres Drawn Up

April 14, 2020

Department of Correctional Services

Directions to address, prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19 in all Correctional Centres and Remand Detention Facilities in South Africa have been drawn up.

The department of correctional services published the directions in Government Gazette 43225.

The directions focus on restrictions regarding placement, movement and release of inmates; referral of remand detainees to court for review of bail and consideration of length of detention; communication between inmates and legal representatives and duration and commencement.

Temporary deportation facilities will be set up for sentenced offenders who are illegal foreign nationals and whose sentences will expire during the lockdown period.

Day parole granted to sentenced offenders is also suspended during the lockdown period.

The directions also point out that the “referral of remand detainees to court for consideration of their length of detention and bail review will continue as it assists with the reduction management of the population of remand detainees”.

The directions apply during the lockdown and came into effect on the date of publication.