Correctional Services denies official was suicidal

2016-02-16 14:04
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Durban – The Department of Correctional Services has denied allegations that an official was suicidal after locking himself in the armoury at Westville Prison in Durban on Tuesday.

The department has instead said the official, who is responsible for the armoury, experienced health complications and required medical attention.

In a statement, the department said officials "received assistance" from the South African Police Services to gain access to the locked room.

"Through the assistance of the South African Police Service, we managed to gain access into the arsenal where our official was locked inside. He was found lying down holding his chest, with visible swollen neck. He has been rushed to the hospital for urgent medical attention.

"Earlier media reports labelling this official as suicidal located in the Medium A section cannot be true. Instead, he is the arsenal controller and had the utmost (sic) responsibility of ensuring that all doors leading to the arsenal are locked."

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