Durban - A prisoner was stabbed to death and another injured in New Prison in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday morning, KwaZulu-Natal police said.
“Police found the body of a 42-year-old male inmate with multiple stab wounds in his body. Another 27-year-old inmate was stabbed in the head,” Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said.
The attack happened in C-Section as the two were standing in a queue waiting to be taken either to court or hospital.
“They were confronted by two fellow inmates from C-Section. It was alleged that both men produced knives and stabbed the waiting prisoners and fled.”
The inmate died on the scene. The other was taken to hospital. Police did not know the motive for the killing.
KwaZulu-Natal correctional services regional commissioner Mnikelwa Nxele said a task team would be set up to investigate the murder.
“We will investigate. A task team will be set up to investigate circumstances that led to the stabbing.”
“Inmates are searched every day. They smuggle the knives through visitors, family members or friends."