New correctional services minister Pieter Groenewald wants answers from G4S over Thabo Bester scandal

The FF+ MP and newly appointed minister says he also plans to tackle prison overcrowding and the premature release of offenders

07 July 2024 - 00:00

One of Pieter Groenewald’s first priorities in his new role as correctional services minister will be to visit Mangaung prison in Bloemfontein — the privately run facility from which rapist and murderer Thabo Bester notoriously escaped in 2022...

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