Deputy Minister of Correctional Services, Nkosi Phathekile Holomisa found Leeuwkop in a sombre mood during his visit to the management area on Friday, 13 August 2021. This follows the tragic passing of Correctional Official, Ms Eunice Moloko (50), allegedly at the hands of an inmate. The Deputy Minister was accompanied by the acting Chief Operations Commissioner Phiko Mbambo and Gauteng Regional Commissioner Grace Molatedi to go pay respects, show support and convey sympathies to the colleagues and the family of the deceased. Ms Moloko lifeless body was found at the D section COVID-19 isolation site at the Leeuwkop Medium A Correctional Centre on Tuesday night, 10 August 2021.
Ms Moloko was working as administration support to the hospital section at Medium A, D Section COVID-19 Isolation site. Her life was brutally and abruptly cut short after serving the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) for 23 years. An internal enquiry was immediately prioritised, which is running parallel to the South African Police Service (SAPS) investigation, to uncover the cause of Ms Moloko death, and to help bring the perpetrators to justice. An inmate has already been arrested and charged for murder by the SAPS.
Deputy Minister welcomed the arrest of the alleged perpetrator and encouraged officials with knowledge on how this could have happened, to come forward and share that information so that no stone is left unturned in ensuring that justice prevails. “It is when the good are silent that evil tends to triumph. It is important that each and every one of us is able to share whatever little piece of information we have so that we can get some light as to what really happened and why it happened,” he said.
Nkosi Holomisa, COC Mbambo, RC Molatedi, acting Area Commissioner Mokhemi Molefe and other senior members of the DCS visited the crime scene and the Moloko family on the day. A candle lighting ceremony was also conducted by the local Chaplain, Reverend Vuyelwa Legwale to acknowledge the sudden passing of Ms Moloko.
RC Molatedi said the Region has put together a team of Employee Assistance Professionals (EAPs) to provide counselling services to the officials and to give support to the family of the deceased.