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Smuggling to blame for prison clashes

2013-01-28 09:40

Cape Town - The control of illegal items being smuggled into Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town is behind bloody battles that broke out last week, it was reported on Monday.

Correctional Services regional commissioner Delekile Klaas told the Cape Times that 10 inmates were injured in two fights between rival gangs.

The main reason was for control of items such as drugs and cellphones.

"We're looking into where these items came from," Klaas said.

The first fight broke out in the juvenile section on Wednesday and five inmates were injured. In a second fight the next day, another five inmates were injured.

Two inmates were recovering in outside hospitals and three were being kept in the prison's hospital wing.

Klaas said they were investigating the possibility that a minority of officials could be working with inmates.

Gang leaders had been identified and placed in another area. Two rival gangs had also been separated.

Last October, a Pollsmoor warden was reportedly arrested for trying to smuggle in two packets of tik (methamphetamine), a packet of unused straws, 23 dagga sticks, two cellphones, five SIM cards and a cellphone charger for prisoners.

The warden was dismissed last week.

Comments
  • rabah.rabah.104 - 2013-01-28 09:53

    Prison officials should be arrested for their part in these smugglings. Our Muslim brothers are subjected to violence because of these illegal weapons in prisons.

      brian.connell.18 - 2013-01-28 10:14

      It's not just muslims. Everyone is being affected by the smugging that is going on. If the prison officials are responsible, then they must be heavily punished.

      foe.no - 2013-01-28 11:11

      @Labib you should accept that Muslims are not immune to drugs, gangs and crime, especially in the Western Cape where there are NO opportunities for the youth. Muslims should be leading the way be staying out of prisons in the first place..

      Flippncool - 2013-01-28 11:31

      Nah I've got a better idea. Lace all the drugs with Arsenic and let them smuggle that in. Overcrowding problem solved, medals issued.

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2013-01-28 09:55

    Leave them to kill one another

      Labib Imam Abdullah Rabah - 2013-01-28 10:02

      Comments like that promote unnecessary violence. Let's be at peace.

      tbmarcussen - 2013-01-28 11:17

      How will that sort out the problem. Be real man. killing is never the way

      zambezi.river - 2013-01-28 11:19

      Give them more weapons !

      brian.connell.18 - 2013-01-28 11:23

      @Labib Imam Abdullah Rabah - Rather depressing to see how many 'thumbs down' you got for your 'peace' comment. I despair of this country and it's terrible outlook on life.

      logical007 - 2013-01-28 12:06

      @ Labib In a previous article "cape Town Teen in Coma After Assault" Your comment was : 'Or sharia law. That will fix everything.' So do you promote peace or violence? Bit confused?

      stephen.pollock1 - 2013-01-28 13:11

      tumisang I agree with you even if these lily livers below give a sh*t about these gang scum members. Remember we're not talking about the average unaligned prisoners who are just trying to their time. we are talking about gangs like 26s and the 28s that run the prisons violently and they really should kill each other!

  • craig.lowe.3572 - 2013-01-28 10:00

    Why were criminal charges not laid ?

      Labib Imam Abdullah Rabah - 2013-01-28 10:09

      The clashing prisoners are already in prison, what would be the point?

      frans.vanderpoll - 2013-01-28 10:19

      I suppose you're talking about the official? Oh Imam even if you're serving time, additional charges can still be brought against you. Say you're in jail for fraud and you kill an inmate?

  • stan.luthuli - 2013-01-28 10:10

    "Give them guns, step back and watch them kill each other" 2 PAC

      IMPAYAS - 2013-01-28 19:18

      And the government will fire the wardens..cos they care about the lives of the prisoners more than the officials

  • JohnDough - 2013-01-28 10:11

    Why was the warder only dismissed? He should have been arrested and charged.

      brian.connell.18 - 2013-01-28 10:16

      Probably because he was an ANC appointee. I'm surprised that he wasn't simply suspended for life on full pay and benefits.

      frans.vanderpoll - 2013-01-28 10:23

      John you're not serious! This is SA - bribery and corruption is all good my friend.

  • tlotlo.phele - 2013-01-28 10:11

    DA is sleeping,

  • ian.robertreid - 2013-01-28 10:49

    Collusion between inmates and prison officials is obvious in all prisons all over the world ~ unstoppable ~ human element??

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-28 10:51

    We are looking into where these items come from!!. The visitors man, the visitors. Who else. Oh! wait a minute the guards!!!!. Forgot about them for a minute. There I solved the riddle for you.

  • aubrey.christie - 2013-01-28 12:31

    Look no further than the prison warders.

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