Correctional Services can accommodate Oscar Pistorius and Shrien Dewani - Acting Commissioner

BY TAI CHISHAKWE - OCTOBER 16, 2014

An increase in torture in prisons was merely an allegation and the Department of Correctional Services can accommodate people like Oscar Pistorius and Shrien Dewani, acting National Correctional Services Commissioner, Zach Modise, told the High Court in Pretoria on Thursday.

"The department of correctional services has come under fire in Parliament for the increase in torture cases," Barry Roux, for paralympian Oscar Pistorius, told Modise, referring to a an article in The Star on Wednesday, on Modise's presentation to Parliament this week.

"My Lady, there is this allegation," Modise replied.

Roux was cross-examining Modise, who earlier testified for the State during sentencing proceedings for Pistorius, found guilty last month of the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel earlier questioned Modise to deal with concerns raised by a social worker, who had testified for the defence, that there were not adequate facilities in prison for disabled people, and that Pistorius would not be safe.

"There should be no doubt that Mr Pistorius, or any other accused with a disability, shall be accommodated properly," Modise told Nel.

"There are places where we can accommodate people like Mr Shrien Dewani who feel very vulnerable."