Correctional Services: Two Northern Cape inmates DIE, probe underway

Correctional Services: Two Northern Cape inmates DIE, probe underway

The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has launched an investigation into the deaths of two inmates at a Northern Cape facility.

According to the department’s spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo, three prisoners at Tswelopele Correctional Centre in Kimberley attacked prison wardens on Saturday, 5 March 2022.

The inmates sustained serious injuries in the incident, leading to the deaths of two of them – while another is still being treated in hospital.

“The Department of Correctional Services has launched an investigation following the death of two inmates at Tswelopele Correctional Centre in Kimberley. It has to be confirmed that three inmates were involved when an official was attacked through the usage of padlocks. Other officials had to respond in a attempt to diffuse the situation and a scuffle started.”

The Department of Correctional Services’ spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo

DEATHS OF NORTHERN CAPE INMATES BEING INVESTIGATED

The Department of Correctional Services says the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services have both been informed about the incident which unfolded at the Northern Cape prison and the deaths.

“The three inmates suffered serious injuries. They were transferred to an outside hospital and sadly two of them passed away. The other inmate remains in prison for extended medical care. The matter has been reported to the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Judicial Inspectorate for Judicial Services,”

This isn’t the first time such an incident has been reported. In February, an offender at Johannesburg Prison stabbed three prison warders in another attack. The prison officials managed to survive the attack, while the inmate was criminally charged.

While in August 2021, an inmate at Leeuwkop Correctional Centre in Johannesburg was charged in connection with the murder of a female prison warder at the facility. The 50-year-old woman’s body was found at a COVID-19 isolation site, where she had been stationed. Her bloody jacket was also found at the scene.

The inmate accused of the gruesome crime had been sentenced for murder in KwaZulu-Natal in 2014.

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