Drugs and rape inside cell 14

2014-06-15 01:00

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This is cell 14 in Leeuhof Prison, inside which prisoners pay warders to help them smuggle everything from hard drugs and groceries to juvenile prisoners for them to rape.

City Press was given the details of what happens inside the 168m² cell in a series of 300 text messages and 80 cellphone pictures sent since May 19.

Awaiting-trial inmate Eugene Viljoen, who joined the 26s prison gang, sent the evidence in the hope that he would receive bail and a lenient sentence if found guilty of the fraud charges he faces.

In his SMSes, Viljoen admits to his involvement in a smuggling ring, which uses prison warders whom they bribe to bring in a range of hard drugs including tik, heroin, nyaope, Mandrax and dagga.

Viljoen’s revelations are arguably the most serious since the sitting of the Jali Commission of Inquiry into corruption, maladministration and violence in the country’s prisons, which began in 2001.

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