Friday, 19 August 2011 10:59

SOUTH AFRICA: Correctional Services Minister Addresses Plight of Babies Behind Bars


There are currently 174 babies in correctional centres around South Africa and, as a result, Correctional Services Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, is concerned about the situation and will launch South Africa's first Mother and Baby Care unit at Pollsmoor Correctional Centre in the Western Cape on Thursday, 18 August 2011, at 10h00.

Minster Mapisa-Nqakula expressed concern that there was such a high number of babies under the age of five years in Correctional Centre's around the country. As a result, she called on South Africans, particularly civil society to put a shoulder to the wheel and help turn the situation around.

Source: Department of Correctional Services, South African Government (Tshwane, South Africa)

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