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Krugersdorp prisoner dies after fire

2011-11-03 21:18

Johannesburg - Another Krugersdorp prisoner has died after he and fellow-inmates set their cell on fire, prison officials said on Thursday.

Tsholo Moreki, 20, died at Leratong Hospital on Wednesday night, correctional services spokeswperson Sibongile Khumalo said.

Moreki was admitted to the hospital on Friday with cellmates Avumile Nonkwelo, 21, and Shadrack Takalo, 18.

Nonkwelo died on Saturday, while Takalo was recovering at the same hospital.

Khumalo said the three barricaded their cell with a steel bed on Friday and set their mattresses on fire.

They were awaiting trial on charges that included house breaking, assault, rape and murder.

"The motive for their action is still not clear and the matter is also being investigated internally," Khumalo said.

National correctional services commissioner Tom Moyane conveyed condolences to the families of the dead prisoners. "The department is deeply disturbed at the loss of lives, especially of young persons," he said.

Comments
  • Sean - 2011-11-03 21:44

    COOL!!!!!

  • Grant - 2011-11-03 21:50

    Good Riddance :)

  • Hennie - 2011-11-03 22:03

    It seems as if the prisoners are also seeking a return of the death sentence. Now it is only the government who doesn't want it. Maybe the fear the possible future???

  • Xavier7034 - 2011-11-03 22:14

    All one can think of is that they had hatched a plan to cause confusion, by setting fire to the mattress. They were then probably hoping that in the effort to douse the fire, they could escape. A real case of a plan "backfiring"

  • Nikki Bodenstein - 2011-11-04 00:28

    If you play with fire, you will get burned!

  • Elle-Black - 2011-11-04 07:39

    Condolences for what? mxxm!! he probably did us all a favour,he should have taken his buddies

  • Peter - 2011-11-04 07:48

    At least we don't have to pay for them any more.

  • Joubs1957 - 2011-11-04 08:49

    How about Mr. Monyane conveys his condolences to the victims of their crimes as well????

      Harry-John - 2011-11-16 15:27

      I am one of those. Just got a call from the investigiating officer to tell me that I don't have to go to court anymore, because the suspect died due to a fire. He broke into my house not to long ago!

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