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Another stabbing at Free State prison

By admin
04 October 2013

Another prison guard was stabbed at the Mangaung prison in Bloemfontein on Thursday, G4S Security said.

There had been stabbings at the prison every day this week, said G4S Africa head Andy Baker, but he could not say how many.

"We have affidavits from inmates that allege that payments are made to carry out attacks," he said.

Baker said he could not comment about the motives for the attacks on prison staff.

Strike action

The contracts of 331 G4S employees were terminated at the end of September after they went on strike at the privately-run prison.

At the time, G4S Africa spokesperson Kirsten van der Nest said the company had been in salary negotiation with the employees since November 2012, but that the talks deadlocked in March 2013.

Popcru referred the dispute to the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration, which found that G4S's proposals were fair and reasonable.

G4S said no inmates had been disadvantaged as a result of the illegal industrial action and were receiving their meals, medication and exercises.

On Wednesday, four inmates held a G4S official hostage for 13-hours at the prison.

She was released when the prisoners were overpowered by a special police task force.

Baker said on Thursday that they would appear in court soon.

They were members of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union.