Free State prison hostage talks continue

2012-11-20 07:56

Bloemfontein - Negotiators were still trying on Tuesday morning to convince two inmates at the Mangaung prison to release a doctor taken hostage, police said.

"No amicable solution could be reached to their satisfaction," Free State police spokesperson Brigadier Billy Jones said.

Jones said the men had been changing their demands throughout Monday night.

The two took the doctor hostage while they were undergoing their weekly medical check-up at 11:00 on Monday. They forced their way into the medical room and held the doctor and a nurse hostage.

The female nurse was later released. The two allegedly assaulted her. She sustained bruises and minor injuries.

The prisoners reportedly wanted a transfer to a prison in Gauteng.

Jones said the police’s main objective was to ensure the doctor's safe release. He said they would be engaging in the last phase of the negotiating process on Tuesday morning.

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-20 08:07

    Get the doctor released and tell them they will be moved to Gauteng. There must be somewhere in Gauteng that is worse than where they are.

  • Desilusionada - 2012-11-20 08:07

    Gyselaardrama: Dokter vrygelaat 2012-11-20 07:43 Bloemfontein – 'n Dokter wat by die Mangaung- korrektiewe sentrum deur twee gevangenes as gyselaar aangehou is, is ongedeerd vrygelaat, berig SAfm. So 15 minutes before this article the Afrikaans N24 article claims the doctor has been released? Good coordination N24......

  • Dudley Schalkwijk - 2012-11-20 08:17

    Bullet between the eyes, ungreatful bastard, sleeping and eating on taxpayers money, gets free medical care and look what he does!

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