A BIG thumbs-up to the correctional service officers at the Groenpunt Prison in the Free State for doing excellent work.
The convicts are there for punishment, not a free holiday.
If you do not enjoy the food or accommodation, do not commit the crimes you are convicted of. Maybe the convicts will think twice when they are released about committing another crime. Too often we read about a prisoner who is released only to find he or she has committed the same crime again, only days after release.
Make their stay as unpleasant as possible and the number of crimes will be reduced.
These convicts are quick to state that their rights have been infringed. My answer to that is what about the rights of the victims of your crime?
Convicts should be charged for their food and accommodation during their incarceration and, upon their release, made to either pay cash or do community service until their debt is settled.
It is also ridiculous that convicts have the right to vote as they contribute nothing to society but want to have a say in how things are run.
Kurt Oosthuizen, South End