Stampede as cops enter Free State prison

2013-01-08 07:03

Bloemfontein - Around 50 inmates of the Groenpunt prison in Deneysville, Free State, suffered minor injuries in a stampede when police entered the facility early on Tuesday morning, police said.

A riot had broken out at around 16:00 on Monday when prisoners refused to eat and started setting fires.

Police spokesperson Constable Peter Kareli told Sapa at daybreak that the situation was peaceful.

"We are now going back to assess the damage and investigate what led to the unrest," he told Sapa.

He added that five prison staff suffered minor injuries.

SABC radio news, which put the staff injury toll at nine, reported that the riot had happened at the maximum security section when some 227 inmates barricaded their unit to prevent officials from entering.

Police reinforcements from Vereeniging, Sasolburg and Welkom were called in and stun grenades were used to enable them to gain entry, according the report.

  • Lyndatjie - 2013-01-08 07:18

    Why did they barricade? Hiding something? I am trying but I can conjure up precious little sympathy for them. They are in jail for a reason, for choices that they've made and it is supposed to be a punishment. Yet here we have a punch of CRIMINALS thinking they have the right to stop the prison authorities from coming into "their" area for what ever reason. They've LOST the priviledge to privacy when they committed criminal acts. Now out of whose pocket comes the "repairs" for the damage that they caused? US - the taxpayers!

      sally.lewitt - 2013-01-08 07:52


  • mkhambi.ephraim - 2013-01-08 07:28

    prisoners dont have any right to protest

      Klaus - 2013-01-08 08:35

      Goodness me - no Union representation - Tony where are you ???

  • Prudence Molefe - 2013-01-08 07:47

    they r in jail for a reason so if they decide to set the blankets n beds on fire they must suffer consequences-sleep on d floor i blv there was no mistake they did this intentionally, so let them rot there

      bakers.dozen.14 - 2013-01-08 12:17

      No we will suck up to them give in to their demands. Give them new blankes and apologise foe not having done so sooner. This can only be in SA. The rest of the world it would be as you suggest. Soft on Crime soft in the head the feet will rot.

  • manqoba.zulu.54 - 2013-01-08 07:51

    Well done to the competent task teams, a chaos like that by hardened criminals could, if not dealt with professionally by competent personnel have been a disaster and another bad publicity internationally for our beloved SA: Well done again to the police

  • sally.lewitt - 2013-01-08 07:54

    Bunch of Palookas!

  • kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-01-08 07:56

    They should have called the Marikana cops. The can just shoot their way in

  • samantha.ungerer.1 - 2013-01-08 08:06

    That is why there should be death penalty, wasting tax money, like parasites. Next you will hear the police wasnt right to hurt them and blah blah. Just relax; aim again, and shoot.

  • nhlapop - 2013-01-08 08:11

    Since when prisoners have demands? They dont have rights to strike. Respect the law and you will stay outside, thats the only time you will have demands. Morons.

  • eric.shinn.90 - 2013-01-08 08:26

    When there's big trouble, get the Vereeniging boys! Lol

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2013-01-08 08:55

    Prisoners should have no rights, they are in there by choice. Problem is today they seem to demand rights, what rights they sit there whilst we are slogging our backsides off supporting them. When they get out of hand they should flog the buggers. Leave them let them burn themselves, if thats what the want.

  • annie.israel.50 - 2013-01-08 14:04

    I would not exactly call it "peaceful"!! NINE got injured - DO WE KNOW HOW bad no - they got it under control quick which was good - there is never anything PEACEFUL about RIOTS,some can be small other gets totally out of hand, especially in prisons!!Three different corps from the 3 towns act swiftly - something good happened today in SA - that is a PLUS

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