'100+ prisoners die of hunger in Zim jails'

2013-12-03 10:17
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Cape Town – Food shortages have reportedly gripped Zimbabwe’s prisons, a situation that has resulted in more than 100 inmates dying of hunger and other nutrition-related illnesses this year, a report says.

Radio VOP said prisoners in the country’s 46 prisons were faced with hunger and most had succumbed to nutrition-related illnesses.  

This was confirmed by the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) which disclosed before a parliamentary portfolio committee that the situation was bad.

ZPCS said the death rate was the same as that of last year.

 Zimbabwe currently has a prison population of 18 460 inmates.

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