Pictures circulating on social media show two scantily-clad women in thigh-high boots pressing themselves up against orange suited men at Johannesburg's Medium B prison.
"The intention was never to have strippers in the facility‚" Acting National Correctional Services Commissioner James Smalberger told a news briefing. But to the surprise of prison authorities‚ and the delight of inmates‚ the women arrived wearing outfits that left little to the imagination.
"Thirteen of our officials will be contemplated for suspension" if they were found to have flouted departmental rules‚ he said.
The correctional services department said Monday that there was a security breach and that the "explicit entertainment" should not have been allowed at a "youth month" event on June 21.
He said six items were approved youth day events, but the item which included the female dancers was not cleared by the department.
The Commissioner said the management of the event should have never allowed and should have halted the explicit entertainment as it is against the department's policies.
He said the department condemns the incident with the contempt that it deserves.
According to Smalberger, the investigation is being led by a senior official at the level of a Director who is not from the Johannesburg Correctional Centre.
"Therefore, there was a clear breach of the security plan that was provided for the event as well as other relevant policies and procedures".
Smalberger said the final report was scheduled for June 30 and he expects that more prison officials would be suspended.
"On behalf of DCS, we want to apologize to the citizens of South Africa for this incident which, indeed, is very disturbing".