Prison: inmate fatally stabbed during MPs’ visit

2013-01-18 00:00

BLOEMFONTEIN — Correctional Services yesterday confirmed the death of a prisoner at the riot-hit Groenpunt prison during a visit by MPs on Wednesday.

Warders had to use “necessary force” to rescue a colleague who was stabbed in the neck by inmates.

The incident occurred while members of the parliamentary committee on correctional services were visiting the Free State maximum security prison to investigate rioting there on January 7, during which 60 inmates were injured and millions of rands’ damage was done.

Committee chair Vincent Smith agreed with the official version of events, that warders were forced to act to save their colleague. Two other warders and another prisoner were hurt.

The incident was witnessed by journalists who were prevented from photographing it.

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