KZN warder stabbed by inmate

2012-11-19 09:42

Durban - A KwaZulu-Natal warder was stabbed five times with a sharpened bone by an inmate at Sevontein Prison, just outside Pietermaritzburg, the Witness reported on Monday.

KwaZulu-Natal correctional services spokesperson Nokuthula Zikhali said George Diedericks was stabbed on Sunday at about 07:00 when prison officials were serving breakfast to inmates.

Diedericks was treated for wounds to his back and ear.

Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) claims there are security risks due to a lack of personnel to oversee the inmates.

Popcru provincial secretary Kwenza Nxele blamed the low staff-to-prisoner ratio for the incident saying the situation has been worsened by the new shift system which further reduced the number of warders.

"Members have been complaining that they are left exposed and in a vulnerable situation. This division of the staff has left half of the staff on duty than previously," Nxele was quoted as saying.

  • mshiniboys - 2012-11-19 09:56

    Criminals can be very more bony meats in prisons please..not even chicken beaks.

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-19 10:04

      Scared they will peck the warders?

      mshiniboys - 2012-11-19 10:16

      kenpeg.dawson anything is possible and if I was a politician I would say we cant leave everything to chance.

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-19 10:03

    Who gave the dog a bone?

  • koenmandi - 2012-11-19 10:31

    flippen hell man, it cannot be a human who is stabbing someone using a bone!!! Dont do to others you dont want to be done to you!!! Bring back the death penalty the prisons is far to full get rid of people that does not deserve a life!!

  • Brian Dorning - 2012-11-19 10:38

    dish out some death penalties! Criminals aren't even scared of breaking the law because the sentences or consequences are pathetic! chop hands off too! The Arabs have it right!

  • teri.bosmanbekker - 2012-11-19 10:58

    Government is to slap gat to bring back the Death Penalty! Coz Fellow Comrades will be executed! If we had a good, clean honest government, do you know how many of the CURRENT leaders of SA would be in prison! FOR rape - en fraud and corruption? Hell, probably all of them!

  • gym.buddy.9 - 2012-11-19 11:18

    Impose the death penalty law. Heartless criminals like that surely do not deserve to be in jail; they deserve to be hanged. Our prisons are too luxurious to inflict any form of punishment on these barbarians.

  • MallyGold - 2012-11-19 12:11

    If there are security risks due to a lack of personnel to oversee the inmates, then warders should handcuff each criminal’s wrists before exiting their cells, and then add leg irons chained to the handcuffs. This will greatly restrict the inmate’s movement and guarantee total safety for the warders. Of course, safety will be compromised by any laziness on the part of personnel.

  • Lionel Simmers - 2012-11-19 12:23

    This type of unfortunate assaults won't go away cos thats how u become a made man, earn privileges and ward off sexual assaults while under Oubie's supervision. Sad but a reality

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