Let’s talk about sex: The big breaking story on Wednesday comes to us from the Ncome Correctional Centre in KZN. The jail is at the centre of a media storm, after video footage of a guard copping off with a prisoner went viral on social media.

Sexual activities between inmates and Correctional Officials are shameful incidents that can never be ascribed to what is expected of our officials… The official involved has been identified and she will be subjected to a disciplinary process with immediate effect. Disciplinary measures have also been instituted against the inmate.”


Both parties to face ‘disciplinaries’

The statement continues asking the public to please refrain from sharing graphic elements of the video, which would surely help minimize the department’s embarrassment. However, the request probably just shows how out of touch our government departments are from how the world works.

The video is highly problematic, with the officer clearly behaving unacceptably. Added to this – given the power imbalance between prison officials and inmates – serious questions need to be asked about consent and agency.

On Wednesday morning, #prisoner became the top trending topic on South Africa Twitter – by a country mile – as public outrage continues to swell. The dust is unlikely to settle on this matter for quite some time to come.

Credit to dailyfocusing.com


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