Hostage drama at private prison

2012-11-19 17:21

Several prisoners at the private maximum prison in Bloemfontein, Mangaung Correctional Centre, have taken a doctor and nurse hostage.

Free State Police spokesperson Sergeant Thabo Litabe confirmed the hostage drama is still under way.

He said police negotiators are on the scene and the nurse was released, but the doctor is still being held hostage.

"The prisoners are demanding to be transferred to Gauteng," said Litabe.

The department of correctional services confirmed the hostage drama, but said the police are handling the situation.

It said the situation is sensitive.   

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