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New uniforms minimise flight risk of detainees

The remand detention uniform is of a bright and distinct colour that cannot be confused with private clothes.

The Krugersdorp Department of Correctional Services (DCS) was not overlooked when a new bright and distinct coloured remand detention uniform was rolled out in the Gauteng region.

Moses Groep, manager for facilities and security at the Krugersdorp Facility said that there is a need for this uniform, which is yellow in colour and also easily differentiated from offenders’ orange uniform and has the words ‘Remand Detainee’ printed on.

Detainees will also be given a blue fleece jersey, underwear and optional shoes. The shoes will be given to detainees who have no shoes or where the shoes are worn out.

Members of the Choir performed a few songs before proceedings started.
Members of the Choir performed a few songs before proceedings started.

“The aim of the uniform includes minimising the flight risk of awaiting-trial detainees. In the past remand detainees wore private clothes which made it difficult to distinguish them from visitors and contractors,” Groep told special guests, media and visitors.

“The inability to immediately identify who is an inmate and who is a contractor or visitor is a great risk factor within remand detention facilities. The uniform is therefore of a bright and distinct colour that cannot be confused with private clothes.”

Groep said the uniform is also aimed at dealing with hygiene issues as many remand detainees entered facilities either with one set of clothes, or inappropriate clothes, which became dirtier the longer they remained in the detention facilities.

Moses Groep, manager of facilities and security at the Krugersdorp Department of Correctional Services explains why the new Remand Detention uniform was rolled out.
Moses Groep, manager of facilities and security at the Krugersdorp Department of Correctional Services explains why the new Remand Detention uniform was rolled out.

“The DCS also has another goal and that is keeping those who have not been sentenced in humane conditions and ensuring they attend their trial up until such time that their guilt or innocence is determined.”

The new roll out forms part of the Correctional Matters Amendment Act found in the White Paper on Remand Detention that was approved by Cabinet in September two years ago.

Groep said the Act, which was signed into policy in March last year, seeks to improve the management of remand detainees.

“Remand Detention Facilities must allow for the minimal limitation of an individual’s rights, while ensuring secure and safe custody.”

The initial cost of the uniform is approximately R31 million and will cost annually between R3,7 million and R4 million in the first three years. The tender was awarded to various companies by the National Treasury to supply fabric that will be distributed among Correctional Centres for offenders to sew.

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