Cape Town - An operation to prevent prison escapes this festive season will be launched soon, correctional services national commissioner Tom Moyane said on Wednesday.

He urged prison officials to educate themselves on the new escape methods used by detainees.

“Criminals and drug syndicates in the 21st century have become highly sophisticated and far advanced,” Moyane said in a statement.

This put law enforcement agencies under extreme pressure to devise new ways to fight crime.

Moyane called on correctional officials to report colleagues who were collaborating with criminals intent on escaping.

“There is still that insignificant number of dubious officials who are hell-bent on destroying the image of the department by collaborating with criminals.” - Sapa