South Africans were recently shocked to the bone by a video of a male inmate and a female prison warder in their uniforms, having sex in the corridors of the prison facility. The incident happened at Ncome Correctional Center in Vryheid, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. It is not clear how the incident happened and why a video of the incident was taken, but the Department of Correctional Services said that they were investigating the incident.
The video went viral and has caused quite a stir on social media . The incident has exposed the laxity within the Department’s prisons. Many have even questioned the level of security at these facilities indicating that if a prisoner can have the luxury of engaging in sexual activities with his jailers, then the intimates may as well have access to the keys to the prison. This is traumatising especially for the victims of crime and for the police officers and prosecutors who worked hard to ensure that criminals are locked away and prevented from causing any further harm to society to see that their pain and efforts are being ridiculed by prison authorities. Some of these prisoners are the most dangerous on the planet.
The conduct of the prison warder is even more shocking when you consider that the prisoner was apparently convicted and sentenced for rape, robbery, housebreaking and attempted murder where he was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2008. How the two lovebirds managed to secure an appointment within the prison facilty is still the subject of an inquiry by the Department of Correctional Services. The question that many are asking is whether this is an isolated incident or whether this is a regular occurrence at prison facilities in South Africa. Prisoners’ organisations say that this is just the tip of the iceberg. Many have questioned why the department uses female warders to guard male prisoners.
The Department of Correctional Services has vowed to take drastic measures against both the warder and the prisoner. They have already placed the prison warder on suspension pending a full disciplinary hearing. The department called the incident a serious embarrassment and vowed to leave no stone unturned to get to the bottom of the incident.
It has emerged that the prison warder is a married woman with three minor children. The video is so graphic that it cannot be included here.
And here are some quotes from rape victims, victims of the brutality meted out by people like the one the prisoner warder decided to engage in a love relationship with.
“I just want to sleep. A coma would be nice. Or amnesia. Anything, just to get rid of this, these thoughts, whispers in my mind. Did he rape my head, too?”
― Laurie Halse Anderson,