Durban - The Democratic Alliance has welcomed the investigation into two videos which allegedly show inmates of the Durban Westville correctional facility openly doing drugs and being given weapons by officials.
"We trust that the implicated officials have been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation," DA spokesman James Selfe said on Sunday.
According to media reports, Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola has ordered an investigation into the matter.
Selfe said that once the report had been finalised, it should be tabled in Parliament's correctional services portfolio committee to be thoroughly interrogated. However, it was likely that this was not an isolated incident.
Corruption should have no place in society, yet it was rife within the entire prison system and the prevalence of gangsterism was well known. Gangsters were well organised and bribed officials which undermined good order within prisons.