State steps in at Mangaung prison

2013-10-09 17:08

In an unprecedented move, the department of correctional services has taken over the Mangaung Prison, which was run by the security company G4S.

City Press has learnt that the department has activated the “step-in” clause in its contract with the company to bring normality back to the prison, which has seen prisoners attacking warders and holding a female staffer hostage.

A special management team under the leadership of Gauteng correctional services deputy commissioner Zacharia Modise will be running the facility, acting national commissioner Nontsikelelo Jolingana told Sapa.

Jolingana said the management of the facility were informed this morning that they would take over the management of the prison.

Inmates and staff members were also told of the change.

The main reason for the intervention was concern for the safety of inmates and workers, she said.

Workers at the facility had been complaining about working conditions and understaffing.

More than 300 warders were fired last month after they staged a strike to protest about conditions.

G4S’s managing director of the Mangaung Prison, Johan Theron, did not immediately answer his phone when called for comment.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Men.24 Model of the Week: Wendy from Cape Town

Find out more about our featured model, Wendy from Cape Town


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.