Bloemfontein - Correctional services has handed full control of the Mangaung prison to G4S after taking over management of the privately run prison outside Bloemfontein last year, the department said on Friday.
“As a department, we are satisfied that the issues that led to our take-over of the Mangaung correctional centre have been resolved and we will continue to work with G4S to ensure a phased handover and operation of the facility,” national commissioner Zach Modise said.
The handover was effective from Friday.
The regional president of security company G4S Africa, Andy Baker, said it had agreed to re-employ 326 dismissed employees.
“We would like to thank the department for its leadership on this matter throughout this period and we will continue to work with the department and our labour partners, the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru), to ensure that operations are stabilised,” he said.