Maseru – A laying down of tools by the Lesotho Correctional Service members aligned to the Correctional Service association has disrupted the judicial process in the magistrates court.
The information office of the Maseru Magistrate Court today told newsline365.wordpress.com that prisoners were not physically appearing in courts for remands saying the “practice is unusual.”
The office said that contrary to inmates being brought to court physically, the prison warders were only “bringing to court records of the accused who are to appear in court for remands.”
The warders go slow started on December 12 2014 in which they demand pay increase and improved working conditions.
Newsline365.wordpress.com observed today that visitors at the Maseru Correctional Service were barred from seeing their imprisoned relatives.
Newsline365.wordpress.com also learned that no new prisoners were being admitted at the institution.
The Minister of Justice, Motlohi Maliehe, has pleaded with the ‘striking’ staff members of the Correctional Service to “return to work” promising the government was attending to their demands through negotiations with service members.
In a statement released over the weekend, Maliehe said the members “were not doing their duties in a normal way.”
Among other duties which are negatively affected by the situation, Maliehe noted, are that relatives of the imprisoned persons are denied visits to the institution.
The go slow is reported to have been carried out in all the country’s ten correctional service institutions in the ten districts of Lesotho.