KZN correctional services official contracts virus

KZN correctional services official contracts virus

The KwaZulu Natal Correctional Services Department has reported its first confirmed COVID-19 case.

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The department says it's an official who has contracted the virus. 

Spokesperson, Singabakho Nxumalo says they won't be revealing too much information on individual cases.

"We took a decision that we will no longer be providing comment on individual cases the reason being that our officials are subjected to extreme stigmatisation by members of the public, professionals  - at shopping places people are pointing fingers at them. 

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"It's not assisting anyone. We, therefore, decided only to provide a provincial breakdown, because our officials are infected because they stay in communities where the virus is." 

Recently - the Correctional Services minister announced the possible early release on parole of around 19 000 low-risk inmates - in a bid to alleviate overcrowding in prisons and lessen the possible spread of the coronavirus.

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