The Department of Correctional Services has slammed the making and distribution of videos depicting three inmates assaulting a prison official in uniform and an inmate carrying a gun and a knife.

Singabakho Nxumalo, Correctional Services spokesman said the videos which have been circulating on social media were made by people who were acting and created a false impression.

The videos also contravened a law barring the unauthorised wearing or use of the uniform, badge or insignia of the department or of a custody official or anything deceptively resembling them.

Citing the Correctional Services Act, Nxumalo said “Any person masquerading as a correctional or custody official is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine or, in default of payment, to imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years or to such imprisonment without the option of a fine or both”.

He said the department had not granted permission for the production of these videos and would embark on legal processes against those involved.

“The videos currently making rounds are an attack on correctional services and also undermine the authority of the State. We view this in a very serious light, as it may have serious consequences for our officials and inmates”.

He said the person behind the videos had been identified and the department was engaging with the South African Police Service for the law to take its course.