Correctional Services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo said it is unclear
how the pictures were shared and who shared them.
He further stated
that in the case of the inmate involved, an investigation is underway to
indicate the violations and to recommend sanctions.
“The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has been made
aware of images involving an official and inmate, from Losperfontein
Correctional Centre, in an intimate position circulating on social
media,” Nxumalo said.
“As this is disturbing and strictly prohibited, the department condemns this type of behaviour in the strongest possible terms.
“Whilst DCS was busy investigating this matter, we have since
learned with shock that the official allegedly appearing on the images
has committed suicide.”
Regional Commissioner Mandla Mkabela has expressed grief and sadness at the incident.
”On behalf of DCS, we want to convey our condolences to the family and colleagues of the deceased official,” said Mkabela.
“We have dispatched a team of senior managers and our Employee
Assistance Programme (EAP) specialists to provide necessary support.