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Inspecting judge says private prisons are a waste of taxpayers’ money

# The inspecting judge for Correctional Services describes South Africa’s private prisons as spectacular failures and a waste of taxpayers’ money. Justice Edwin Cameron says Thabo Bester would’ve struggled to escape from a facility of Correctional Services. eNCA reports Cameron revealed Bester’s escape from the Mangaung Correctional Centre in Bloemfontein when he leaked a report stating the burnt body found in his cell was someone else’s. Cameron says G4S, who manages the prison, and the department should be held accountable for continued corruption and mismanagement.