Jayde Panayiotou murder case: St Albans Prison to install 'cellphone detection' system

JULY 9, 2015

In the wake of reports claiming that the alleged hitman in the murder of Port Elizabeth teacher, Jayde Panayiotou, Sizwezakhe Vumazonke, had a cellphone at the St Albans Prison, Eastern Cape Correctional Services has now moved to install a "cellphone detection" system at the prison.

Cellphones, among other things such as drugs and alcohol, are not allowed in prisons and are considered contraband. However, last week, it emerged that Vumazonke was active on his Facebook from inside prison - which the Correctional Department could neither deny nor confirm. 

Eastern Cape Correctional Services spokesperson, Zama Feni, told EWN that the cellphone detection system has been piloted at Mthatha Prison.

“The system functions well and we are able to detect the location of the phones within the facility we go straight there and we find the phone.” 

He said that the next stop is St Albans prison in Port Elizabeth, where he said cellphone smuggling is a huge problem. 

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