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									Presentation to Portfolio Committee on
           Escapes in DCS
          13 November 2007
      Purpose of presentation


To brief the Portfolio Committee on:

•   Trends with regard to escapes
•   Security challenges and threats
•   Measures to reduce escapes
 Security challenges/threats: Why
            escapes?
• Changing profile of crime in the country
  points towards decreasing trends,
  however,
  – trends that remains high involve sophisticated
    syndicates
  – This increases unpredictable ATD population
    and increases our maximum security inmates
  – Violent and contact crimes remain steady
Security challenges/threats: Why
    escapes? (Continued)
• Our facilities are old and not responsive to new
  threats
• Increasing ATD population increases
  vulnerability of our operations
• Overcrowding
            OFFENDER POPULATION: PER SECURITY
                CLASSIFICATION: NATIONALLY

70000


                                  61788
60000



50000     48246



40000



30000
                       28236



20000



10000

                                                 2186
    0
        Unsentenced   Maximum     Medium        Minimum
Trends of escape in DCS over the last 10
                years

        TRENDS OF ESCAPE IN THE DCS OVER
              THE LAST TEN YEARS

1500
          1244
1000             989
                                   709
 500                   498   459
                                               325
                                         205         178   176   120 113
   0
       1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
                  Escape Trends for the past three years


           ESCAPES: CALANDER YEAR                           ESCAPES: FINANCIAL YEAR
                                                                                   1 April   1 April
                             1 Jan -    1 Jan.                                     2006 -    2007 -
                             30 Nov      - 30              2004/   2005/   2006/   30 Nov    30 Nov
             2005     2006     06      Nov 07              2005    2006    2007     2006      2007
EC                                               EC

             34       14      13        20                 33      31      18       13        16
KZN          20                                  KZN
                      29      21        17                 34      21      20       20        17
GT           22                                  GT
                      30      29        12                 43      24      25       22        10
WC           20                                  WC
                      22      20         6                 18      21      12        7         3
MP/NW/LI     11                                  MP/NW/
MP                                               LIMP
                       6       6         9                 25       8       8        4         5
FS/NC/AP     13                                  FS/NC/A
OPS                                              POPS
                      12       9         8                 18       7      11        7         7
TOTAL                                            TOTAL

             120     113      98        72                 171     112     94       73        58
                       Escape Trends

                 ESCAPES: NATIONAL STATISTICS: INMATE CATEGORIES


100   88         66               63
                                            45            46           42
 50
            15                                                     6
                                        3
  0
           2004/2005                   2005/2006               2006/2007

       AWAITING TRIAL DETAINEES              MAX         MED                MIN
                                      Escape Trends

                           ESCAPES: PER AREA OF ESCAPE

120   113

100

80
            70

60
                 46
40
                           31 24 23
20                                                                         14 12 16
                                                     7 4 2                                 3 0 4          3 2 2
 0
          FROM          FROM WORKT E AM          FROM WORKT E AM           FROM P UBLI C   FROM COURT   DURI NG E SCORT
      CORRE CT I ONAL    ( P E RM ) M E M BE R   ( T E M P ) M E M BE RS     HOSP I T AL
         CE NT RE



              2004/2005                                     2005/2006                           2006/2007
    Measures to reduce escapes
• Intolerance towards negligence/collusion by
  officials with instant dismissal (eg. Special
  Assignment Report – Corrupt officials
  Pretoria immediately dismissed)
• Where criminal involvement of officials is
  suspected, cases are handed over to SAPS
• Improved sharing of information with other
  security agencies, eg. NIA, Crime intelligence
• Vetting of staff – Business Process Analysis
  by NIA and establishment of DCS field vetting
  units currently in process
     Measures to reduce escapes
            (continued)
• Increased use of Departmental
  Investigation Unit (DIU) for investigation of
  high profile incidents instead of
  Management Area investigation teams
• Security Technology projects eg.
  – Inmate Tracking
  – Video Postponement
  – Integrated Security Systems
    Measures to reduce escapes
           (continued)
• Launching of Operation Vala on 27 November
  2007 at Ebongweni (Kokstad) Correctional
  Centre aimed at:
  – Special and tightened security actions by
    Management Areas
  – Drastic enhancement of security at access control
    points
  – Confinement of high risk inmates and
    minimization of their movements
  Measures to reduce escapes
         (continued)
– The transfer and incarceration of long term high
  risk inmates to Ebongweni Correctional Centre for
  high risk inmates
– The establishment of Correctional Centres for the
  incarceration of long term high risk inmates in all
  regions – currently being processed
              Filling up of Ebongweni
DCS criteria for selection of offenders to be tranferred to
Ebongweni


• Murder with aggravating circumstances
•Prisoners declared dangerous by the court
•Prisoner sentenced for acts of terrorism
•Serious sexual offences involving life threatening levels
of violence. This include gang rape and sexual offences
against children
•Offences of armed robbery involving life threatening
levels of violence or which resulted in loss of
life/disability
                Filling up of Ebongweni
DCS criteria for selection of offenders to be tranferred to
Ebongweni
• Murder with aggravating circumstances
• Offenders declared dangerous by the court
• Offenders sentenced for acts of terrorism
• Serious sexual offences involving life threatening levels of
 violence. This include gang rape and sexual offences
 against children
• Offences of armed robbery involving life threatening levels of
 violence or which resulted in loss of life/disability
• Where the prosecuting authorities have indicated that a
 offender is a member of a well resourced criminal gang
 prepared to use extreme violence/firearms in an escape attempt
  TRANSFERS TO BE EFFECTED BEFORE 15 NOV 2007

          CRITERIA             TOTAL

Murder                          130

Rape                            38

Robbery                         30

Escape                           1

Assault intentional              1

TOTAL                           200
                  Thank you




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