Prison show “Jail Break” comes to the WJP podcast

We’ve been talking up the new prison show “Jail Break” (produced by WJP and Thetha FM) on the blog for a while now and this week we have the first show featured on the podcast.

In the first episode presenters Kabelo Keogatile and Vusi Mthombeni look at access to legal advice while in jail. They interrogate Pepsy Bahlekazi from The Justice Inspectorate and Welcome Lechelele from Legal Aid for how an inmate can research their rights and get help while inside.

WJP has partnered with community radio station Thetha FM in Orange Farm and used their established producers and presenters to develop a show aimed at inmates and their families. The presenters are brought to Joburg where they record in the production studio at Voice of Wits and have lively debates on crucial issues relating to inmates.

From Thetha FM the show reaches five correctional facilities: Groenpunt, Vereeniging, Sasolburg, Heilbron and Krugersdorp. The show is broadcast in a mixture of Zulu, Sotho and English.

Going forward WJP wants to partner with more radio stations and get the show (in some form) accessible to inmates in as many prisons as possible across the country.


Read about the positive response to the show:

Listen to the podcast of “Jail Break” episode one on sound cloud:



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