Ex-prisoner sues ministry after contracting HIV

2013-04-05 08:43

An ex-prisoner, who said he contracted HIV after being gang-raped on his first night in jail, is suing the correctional services ministry for R1.7 million.

The 41-year-old from the Western Cape alleged that he was “deliberately” placed in a cell with known 28s gangsters, the Cape Times reported today.

The prison warder on duty had allegedly incited the attack because when the man was put in the cell, the warder said: “Hier is die gemors (here is the rubbish)”.

The ministry’s lawyers denied the allegations in papers before the Western Cape High Court, saying inmates who were not gang members were not placed in the same cells as those who were.

The former prisoner was convicted of murder and sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2001.

He was released on parole on October 6, 2009 – a decade after he was allegedly raped on October 13, 1999 at the Allendale prison in Paarl.

In court papers drawn up by his lawyers, they claim he was raped by two gangsters, which had resulted in him becoming HIV-positive.

He discovered this in March 2002 when he was moved to the Malmesbury Correctional Centre and underwent an HIV/Aids test.

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