Pretoria - As millions of South Africans rushed to their voting stations on a chilly Wednesday morning, inside the Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Facility in Tshwane, Pretoria, thousands of inmates stood in line to cast their votes.
Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJ) Minister Michael Masutha was at the facility to assess the proceedings and ensure the smooth running to operations.
"The policies and laws that we pass as the government affect every South African and that includes people who are incarcerated. Therefore, they too are affected by who is in government," Masutha said.
He added offenders' rights to vote were enshrined in the country's Constitution as well as in the UN declarations.
"It is not every country in the world that upholds some of these norms and values. It matters to inmates what the attitude of political parties is towards them as well as their wellbeing."