Prisoners and staff cook their own meals after Bosasa contract ended

Department of correctional services acting KZN commissioner James Smallburger at a press briefing at Westville prison on Wednesday. Image: Orrin Singh

Prisoners are cooking their own food at correctional facilities around the country.This was revealed by department of correctional services acting KwaZulu-Natal commissioner James Smallburger during a media briefing in Durban on Wednesday.

Smallburger told media that inmates and prison staff were responsible for prepping and cooking the food after the termination of the Bosasa food contract. He was speaking to media following an indaba at the Westville Correctional Centre on Wednesday which had been presented by national commissioner Arthur Fraser on finding ways of instilling progressive social reintegration of inmates.

Responding to questions on whether the department had procured the services of another contractor following its decision earlier this year to terminate the Bosasa food contract, Smallburger said: “No service provider was appointed to replace Bosasa.”

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