KZN warders beat prisoner to death

2013-03-07 12:03
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Durban - Eight warders at a KwaZulu-Natal prison are being investigated for allegedly beating an inmate to death following a knifing in a mess hall.

IOL reported on Thursday that the inmate is believed to have stabbed two other inmates during breakfast at Durban Westville's Medium A Prison.

The Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services revealed the incident during a briefing to Parliament's correctional services oversight committee on Wednesday.

Inspectorate chief executive Adam Carelse told the committee that the incident was being investigated, but conflicting reports of the incident had been received.

"Eight members .. restricted that inmate and they … assaulted him, and I think tortured him, to the extent that he later died," he said.

"We did go into his medical history. He did not die of anything else but being tortured, being beaten, being assaulted by eight members of correctional services."

Shocked members of the parliamentary committee reportedly said the officials must be suspended and charged, and that something needed to be done to stem the tide of violence.

The correctional services department confirmed on Wednesday that the warders had been suspended, and that the inmate's death was being investigated.

The incident comes days after police allegedly beat a Daveyton minibus taxi driver to death after dragging him behind a police vehicle, and less than two months after an inmate died at the hands of warders at Groenpunt Prison in the Free State.

 
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