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13 prison staff suspended after 'strippers' entertain inmates

13 prison staff suspended after 'strippers' entertain inmates

South Africa's Department of Correctional Services has suspended 13 staff members at a Johannesburg prison after images of prisoners being entertained by 'strippers' went viral on social media over the weekend.

The BBC reports on the scandal that centred on Johannesburg's Medium B prison, also known as 'Sun City'.

A number of pictures of scantily clad women dancing with inmates of the jail appeared on social media over the weekend and today the Department confirmed the pictures were taken at one of their facilities.

In a statement they said: "We can never tolerate what we have seen on social media. We have identified 13 officials who did not comply with the code of conduct."

"Following reports of illicit images circulating on social media over the past few days, where ladies, dressed in what looks like underclothes, are seen to be entertaining inmates at Johannesburg Correctional Centre, the Department of Correctional Services (DCS), on Saturday (24 June 2017) when this was brought to our attention, we immediately initiated an investigation into this serious matter.

"The Department condemns this incident with the contempt that it deserves, and, right at the outset, we want to make it abundantly clear that we will leave no stone unturned in dealing with this matter."

One of the images that appeared on social media this weekend

The incident took place earlier in the week as part of a Youth Month celebration but it seems the exact nature of the entertainment to be provided was not clear to the authorities.

The spokesperson added: "It is not acceptable for female persons to appear like that in front of offenders.

"The management of the event should have never allowed, and immediately halted, this type of explicit entertainment, as pronounced by our policies.

"Therefore, there was a clear breach of the security plan that was provided for the event as well as other relevant policies and procedures."