This is a submission to the department of correctional services by the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) regarding the issue of prison labour. The submission gives a brief history of the use of prison labour in South Africa and its racist underpinnings, as well as the current nature of prison labour. The submission discusses the rights of prisoners and the current legislative framework governing prison labour. It then makes several recommendations in light of this history and legal context.
CSVR is a multi-disciplinary institute that seeks to understand and prevent violence, heal its effects and build sustainable peace at the community, national and regional levels.