The struggle continues: The fight against corruption in prisons
Following a briefing by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to the Portfolio Committee on Correctional Services regarding its investigations into corruption, fraud and maladministration in the Department of Correctional Services (DCS), this was one journalist's response: 'Members of parliament were stunned by a report on the endemic nature of corruption in the Department of Correctional Services, detailing cases of tender rigging, medical aid fraud and petrol card abuse' (De Lange 2008). The report to Parliament raises a number of questions: Is this department irredeemably beyond salvation? What still needs to be done and what is being done to prevent and combat corruption? Are there any successes? These questions are explored in this article.
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