Prison ‘under complete lockdown’

2011-11-08 15:03

The Grootvlei prison in Bloemfontein is “under complete lockdown”, Zacharias Modise, acting regional commissioner of Correctional Services, has said.

Modise, who visited the prison today after police were called in to contain the situation yesterday, said protest action by prisoners has only affected the section for awaiting-trial detainees, while the section for sentenced prisoners was “under control”.

He denied claims by prisoners that a prisoner was killed yesterday.

“Two officials and three offenders were injured. One of the offenders was taken to Universitas Hospital to be operated on,” Modise said.

Police were again deployed to Grootvlei today.

Modise said the police confiscated 11 cellphones, SIM cards and memory sticks yesterday.

He said Correctional Services would launch an investigation to establish how prisoners got hold of these items.

“Sometimes members of the public bring these things in, but our own staff are also sometimes guilty,” Modise added.

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