Prison riot: Inmates still torching cells

2013-01-07 21:03

Johannesburg - Two warders at Groenpunt Prison in Deneysville were injured when inmates set part of the facility on fire on Monday, Free State police said.

"The warders were overpowered and beaten up by the inmates... they then set a section of the prison alight," spokesperson Constable Peter Kareli said. Some offices were also torched.

"The facility has been secured and no one is allowed to go in or leave. Inmates are still continuing to burn down cells.

"Blankets have also been set alight. There is smoke coming out of the premises."

There was no information as to whether any prisoners were injured.

"Details are still sketchy, but the information we have is that inmates refused to eat at around 16:00.

"Scuffles ensued and they attacked the warders and began to burn down the place," Kareli said.

Paramedics and firefighters were at the scene.

  • anthony.richardson.961 - 2013-01-07 21:11

    Shoot them, they are prison for a reason, yes?

  • mkhambi.ephraim - 2013-01-07 21:16

    what realy happened there

  • mashavha - 2013-01-07 21:18

    is it a service delivery protest in prison?

  • JohnDough - 2013-01-07 21:19

    And they have the right to vote? Savages...

  • bbooyse - 2013-01-07 21:19

    Only one solution - shoot to kill

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2013-01-07 21:20

    Leave them locked up and throw away the keys

  • Kekeletso.nax - 2013-01-07 21:23

    Burning blankets, refusing to eat??? Okay when the situation calms down, please don't use my tax money to buy them blankets in winter or food ever! I donate my contribution to victims of crime like ME! Ungrateful b's!!!

  • IMPAYAS - 2013-01-07 21:32

    Now we correctional officials are faced with so much danger...and yet the government gives inmated more rights than us...everything is given to them on a silverplater..goverment is destroying this country...its becoming lawless everyday

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2013-01-07 21:35

    Leave the inmates locked up and torch the rest of the prison.

      ernest.lwandle - 2013-01-07 21:52

      GOOD ONE and make sre the prison is burnt down into ashes.

  • philip.keeling.7 - 2013-01-07 21:50

    Close the place off and forget about them.

  • IMPAYAS - 2013-01-07 21:52

    The way the government is cruel...some wardens are going to be fired...saying that they let the prisoners riot....

  • Tshephangsithole - 2013-01-07 22:08

    Give them petrol it burns faster than those blankets, they are cruel animals. They rape our SA ladies and yet enjoy using thier so called rights.

  • calista.tafros - 2013-01-07 22:09

    Its atrocious, the thought that my generation will be stuck with this B.S If it was up to me and my people. We would torch the prison. There should be no time wasted on scum. How shall our children progress in the future with all these obstacles. Pls oh pls let them burn!!! And if needed I'll donate my hard earned cash as tinder to the flames. SA is screwed!!! I guess we all should hold on and try and enjoy the ride.

  • Robert Simon - 2013-01-07 22:19

    Its all in the name of Freedom.

  • alta.brouwer - 2013-01-07 22:23

    They WILL get cold and the WILL get hugry... Let the bastards eat each other!

  • Pete7930 - 2013-01-07 22:24

    Lock them in and let them burn.

  • Ayanda Daniel - 2013-01-07 22:26

    They making themselves feel at home since thats their way of living...

  • quinton.horn.9 - 2013-01-07 22:27

    Is it a bring and braai I wand maine well done

  • jealbertyn - 2013-01-07 22:44

    It is ver sad that things like this keeps on happening in our country. Many warders have paid with their life's i the past during similar incidents. Let's all pray for those innocent people having to endure through this night and chaos. There are many filies and innocent (and very scared) children staying on the Groenpunt Corectional Services premises. My brother is one of thos warders called out tonight. Please, let us keep each and every person in our thoughts and prayers tonight. We can only trust that justice be served on those guilty to all this chaos.

      jealbertyn - 2013-01-07 22:45

      Apologies, there are many families, not fillies

  • sally.lewitt - 2013-01-07 22:58

    Wtf..? I can not wait to hear what triggered this fiasco and how it will eventually be solved! Rubbing my hands together in anticipation! Eina, Eish! My daily 'real life' soapy.

  • Gavin - 2013-01-07 23:11

    How is it allowed that this vermin have cell phones in their cells... is prison not for isolation and punnishment??? let the bastards burn and starve....

  • daniel.motlhatlhedi - 2013-01-07 23:52

    If they refuse to eat let the stav to death. Let the prison burn they burn aswel.

  • kyle.whitetv.1 - 2013-01-08 01:44

    where are our amazing international reporters from e news??? No broadcast?

      jealbertyn - 2013-01-08 07:30

      They were there last night. But let me tell you, go look at the 'roads' (hahaha) leading to groenpunt prison, it is disaterous. They have been working on these roads for years, with NO progress!!! There is only a stop and wait road riddled with potholes (from Vereeniging and Deneysville sides) So, if you don't travel with 4x4 vehicles, it is going to take you a while to ge there.........

  • chris.potgieter.73 - 2013-01-08 06:53

    Ah but commentators let us not forget something! Zuma and company have to get the jails to 5 star quality because as soon as Helen Zille defeats the current crop of incumbent corrupt leaders she will bring them to trail. They will want to be in facilities that are like Nkandla! Yep time to bring in the Army to get these guys thugs subdued, chained in threes and made to repaint the building and fix the damage. They must also have five years added to their sentences.

  • sandor.l.varga - 2013-01-08 17:57

    Hopefully nobody saving those inmates. Let them braai themself to well-done.

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