A warder, who has been working at the Pollsmoor Prison for more than 15 years, was caught after the management team became aware that he may be smuggling drugs, and subjected him to a special search when he arrived at work.
The management team received assistance from the Emergency Support Team (EST), who conducted the search at the prison gate on Saturday.
A senior source of the team says, “There was a suspicion around the warden and with the help of the EST, he was searched as he arrived for duty on Saturday morning.”
“During a search of his car, the drugs were found hidden in the vehicle.
“There were 597 mandrax tablets, dagga and seven packets of tik wrapped in brown paper and he was arrested.”
The warder was arrested and is due to appear in Wynberg Magistrates’ Court on Monday on the drug charges.
“Pollsmoor has immediately suspended the warder and he now faces disciplinary action.
“The warder worked in the male Remand Detention Facility for awaiting trial prisoners and it is believed this is where he was taking the drugs.”
Police spokesperson, Captain FC van Wyk, confirms the arrest and says: “This office can confirm that a man was arrested on charges of possession of drugs.”