Pretoria – Thursday 1st June 2017
Zambia High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency Emmanuel Mwamba has disclosed that 27 Zambian nationals are in jail in the country’s correctional services.
He said of the 27, 15 have already been convicted and are serving various sentences.
Mr. Mwamba says 12 Zambians are remanded in different prison facilities across the country awaiting the conclusion of their court cases.
This came to light after the Mission engaged the Department of International Relations and Corporation of the Republic of South Africa (DIRCO) on the status of Zambian Nationals in conflict with the law in the country.
Among the prisoners is Peter Saveka, 34, holder of NRC 201632166, who is serving a life sentence after being convicted of murder.
Others are identified as: Thembo Sadik, 45, NRC number 207558050 Kennedy Ngulube, 40, NRC number 2132292994 and Christopher Ngando, 32, NRC 216393777 all convicted of Rape cases and serving jail terms ranging from 7 to 20 years.
Mr. Mwamba added that Louis Banda, 28, NRC 213289710, was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for attempted murder.
Those awaiting the conclusion of their trials include Eric Muladuba 28, Patricia Kazembe 45 ,Watson Kahona 32 ,Daniel Phiri 37, Andrew Nawa 33, Owen Ndlovu 40, and Joseph Mwape Phiri 30.
Mr. Mwamba has since advised the Zambian Community living in South Africa to refrain from activities that would find them in conflict with the law.
However, he said he was proud that an estimated number of 11,000 Zambians that live in South Africa, have maintained good behavior and are law abiding citizens.
He urged them to continue to be good citizens, adding that they were representing Zambia abroad.
He has since called on family members to come forward and identify the people serving jail sentences in South Africa.
He also pledged to engage authorities on a possible prisoner exchange program so that nationals serving sentences can complete their sentences in Zambia.
First Secretary Press and Public Relations.
Zambia’s High Commission to South Africa.