SA prisoners on Facebook are a security risk

Despite the human rights culture of the South African legal framework, prisoners present a serious security risk if they are allowed access to social media, says a Cape Town attorney.

Despite the human rights culture of the South African legal framework, prisoners present a serious security risk if they are allowed access to social media, says a Cape Town attorney.

Fin24 recently reported that a Facebook page, apparently created by prisoners in Pollsmoor maximum security prison, had attracted over 2 600 likes on the social network before all the content suddenly vanished.

It also appears that Facebook shut the page down.

South African legislation specifically mandates that prisoners should be allowed to keep up with news from their communities.

“Moreover, the Correctional Services Act states that a prisoner must be allowed access to reading material unless that material poses a security risk or is not conducive to their rehabilitation,” specialist technology attorney Russel Luck told Fin24.

Following the revelations of the online page, authorities subsequently raided the cells and confiscated 49 cellphones among other electronic devices.

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Camilla Wood

UK based Legal Aid Lawyer

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