Correctional services lose accused after tech blunder

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock

The department of correctional services in Mpumalanga has been unable to access its electronic management system for a week.

This has led to its inability to locate a murder and theft accused for his court appearance on time. As a result, on Tuesday last week the case against Solly Bedwell Zitha, 38, and his two co-accused was postponed to April 20, Lowvelder reported.

Zitha, along with Pleasure Ngobeni, 20, and Solly Bedwell Zitha, 38, are accused of robbing Vhanja Tibane of her cattle in December 2009.

They allegedly beat the 73-year-old woman with a spade, and she succumbed to her wounds. They were also charged with malicious damage to property and assault.

Senior state prosecutor Ansie Venter prepared for the case by confirming which of the accused were present.

“Nelspruit Correctional Services is unable to locate the prisoner for his court appearance, as their systems are down. A manual roll-call to find him will take more than three hours, as there are more than 600 prisoners,” Venter said.

According to the prison’s human resources department’s Nomsa Nkosi, the facility’s computers have been down for a week.

“This is why the prisoner could not be located timeously for his court appearance,” Nkosi said.

– Caxton News Service

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