Prisoner assaulted by warders at Groenpunt dies

2013-01-18 13:14

A Groenpunt inmate who was assaulted by warders at the prison has died, Correctional Services said.

Free State deputy regional commissioner Grace Molatedi said: “I can confirm that the inmate died, but I can’t confirm that he died as a result of the attack,” she said today.

“The police have been instructed to conduct a postmortem because the cause of death is not known. He died immediately after the attack.”

On January 16 (Wednesday), four prisoners attacked and stabbed a prison official, Molatedi said. The attack took place during a visit by members of the media and the parliamentary portfolio committee.

Emergency personnel, police officers and prison officials intervened.

“The life of the prison official was at stake. It is policy for other officials to intervene and use any means necessary to restrain the inmates in a situation like that.”

Three of the prisoners were involved in the attack and the fourth man provided the weapons used in the attack.

“Two of the other offenders are in Hospital One in a critical condition and the other is in a stable condition and awaiting an operation. The fourth offender was discharged.”

Molatedi said the officer who was attacked had serious injuries to his head and face but had been discharged as well.

Investigations continue.

- Sapa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

As it happened: New Zealand 47-9 Tonga
Fourie: Boks can't be in a better position
All Blacks' deficiencies in the spotlight
All Blacks batter brave Tonga
Traffic Alerts

The phrase for today is:”Out of the blue.” Expect the unexpected and work with the changeable energy. Your intuition is more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.