Inmates stab St Albans warders

2013-02-26 17:02

Johannesburg - Three warders were stabbed and wounded at St Albans Prison, near Port Elizabeth, on Tuesday, an official said.

Breakfast was being served to the prisoners when two of them left the queue and attacked officials with sharpened objects, Eastern Cape correctional services spokesperson Zama Feni said.

They suffered minor cuts to the forehead and were taken to a local hospital in a stable condition.

The two inmates would face internal disciplinary hearings and be criminally charged. He said the situation at the prison was under control.

"Our specially-trained security team members have been brought into the centre to manage the situation."

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) expressed concern about the attack.

"The department needs to get to the bottom of this problem as soon as possible before officers are killed by inmates," spokesperson Theto Mahlakoana said.

"Popcru pleads with community members to stop arming inmates as this works against the work put into maintaining peace inside prisons," she said.

  • Eric Fana Moloi - 2013-02-26 17:24

    Evn de corrupt warders are to be blamed as thy help to smuggle illegal stuff in prison

      Tony Baxter - 2013-02-26 18:05

      Yes, the Warders are also far too lax when moving prisoners from their cells. They take short cuts and often pay the consequences, sometimes with their lives.

      Mokopane Semeno - 2013-02-27 21:56

      Eric u dnt knw the hell r u talking about boss go n get ur fact right. We r dealing with thugs n murderers dnt piss me of by saying dat we r corrupt u idiot.

      Maude - 2013-02-28 08:20

      wa pota

  • Kop Kop - 2013-02-26 17:38

    Atleast they ate I never ate breakfast today

  • Albert Scott - 2013-02-26 18:06

    Swak kontrole, beheer en visentering. Woordvoerder se alles is onder beheer - hoe kan dit onder beheer wees, as hulle al die afgelope 2 maande steek. Maak hulle swak en visenteer hulle selle daagliks en ook deur die nag - glo my hulle sal gatvol raak vir reg pak. Verder moet die skuldiges in isolasie onder dwang (hand- en voetboeie) geplaas word, as die Wet nog daar oor voorsiening maak!! 26's en 28's wat so amok maaak. Vanoggend was dit die 28's se beurt - kyk uit vir die 26' se beurt.

  • Rob - 2013-02-26 18:33

    Seems like an initiation of sorts

  • Sango Jika - 2013-02-26 18:45

    maybe they wanted KFC with some chips and coca cola on the side for breakfast, and the warders only served them with dry bread and tea.

  • Sakhiwo - 2013-02-26 19:02


  • wayne.vandriel - 2013-02-26 19:55

    Just another day in good ol' S of A.

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