Johannesburg - The Congress of the People (Cope) on Thursday urged the Department of Correctional Services to urgently implement the use of cellphone jammers in South African prisons.
Local media has reported that Nigerian televangelist Pastor Timothy Omotoso, who is detained at St Albans prison in Port Elizabeth on charges of rape, was allowed to preach via video conferencing from his single cell, using his cellphone to address his congregants around the country.
The department has launched an investigation into allegations of preferential treatment for Omotoso.
A recent raid of the Johannesburg Central Prison, covered first hand by African News Agency in December, revealed a number of cellphones inside prison cells among a host of contraband including dangerous weapons and drugs.
Cope national spokesperson Dennis Bloem said the party had been reliably informed that having a cellphone in prison was a lucrative business as inmates could freely communicate with the outside world.