North West Premier, Prof Job Mokgoro, accompanied by MEC for Social Development, Ms Boitumelo Moiloa, visited Rustenburg Correctional Centre on 6 May 2020. The visit forms part of the North West provincial government outreach programme to ascertain the COVID-19 state of readiness by the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) in the province.
Area Commissioner of Rustenburg Management Area, Ms Mamokete Mogorosi, joined by her executive and officials from the Limpopo/Mpumalanga/North West (LMN) regional office, outlined the measures put in place by the Department to prevent and contain the spread of COVID 19 in correctional centres.
Premier Mokgoro was satisfied with the plans presented, and wanted to know about the mood of inmates during this period. Ms. Mogorosi indicated that the mood is calm, although a section of the inmate population is discontented about the temporary suspension of visitations.
The Area Commissioner also shared with the Premier and MEC that the inmates are concerned that they may be infected by officials who go out to the community and return to the centre. However, such concerns are being addressed as best as possible. Following the presentation, the Premier and his entourage visited the centre where they saw first-hand the various COVID-19 measures including the mobile testing clinic, screening site for inmates, identified quarantine unit to house symptomatic inmates, the centre hospital as well as the remand detention unit.