South African prison warder commits suicide after photos showing her hugging and kissing an inmate went viral
A prison warder whose photos showing her hugging and kissing an inmate committed suicide on Monday, after the images went viral on social media.
Four pictures showing the unidentified female prison warder from the Losperfontein Correctional Service Centre near Brits in North West posing in uniform with a male prisoner were shared by Facebook and Twitter users yesterday.
This was brought to the department’s attention which later confirmed in a statement that the prison warder had committed suicide.
The department said it had launched an internal investigation into the matter. The regional commissioner for North West, Mandla Mkhabela, said they had learnt with shock that the warder committed suicide as they were investigating the images.
Mkhabela said the behaviour of engaging with inmates in that manner was not allowed.
“This is disturbing and strictly prohibited. The department condemns this in the strongest possible terms,” he said.