A trade union has defended 10 correctional services officers who allegedly organised a strip-show for prisoners, by saying that circulated images of the incident were manipulated.
The Public Servants Association has stated that they hold the un-altered images of female dancers who appeared at a Johannesburg prison to entertain inmates during Youth Month celebrations in June.
“At the moment, the photographs are subject to Sub Judice and we don’t want to reveal information that might jeopardise our member’s case later on”, explained a union spokesperson.
The correctional services officers were caught in a social media storm when pictures circulated online of scantily dressed women dancing provocatively and even appearing to undress the inmates.
The backlash included a statement from Minister for Justice and Correctional Services, Michael Masutha, denouncing the activity and promising the full extent of the law in punishing the offenders.
The incident has been seen as degeneration of South African prisons which has, for some, existed for quite a while.
An investigation is still underway to establish whether or not the entertainers were indeed exotic dancers or not.