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Former inmate tells court he thought about killing himself after beating by prison officials

2019-11-07 14:27

Xolani Zulu is one of five current and former inmates suing the state for alleged assault and torture

Court hears how inmates were allegedly assaulted and tortured by prison officials

2019-11-05 06:16

Five current and former inmates of Leeuwkop Maximum Correctional Centre are suing the justice minister and Department of Correctional Services after they were allegedly assaulted and tortured by prison officials.

US prisons to photocopy inmate mail to curb drug smuggling

2019-10-24 06:15

US Bureau of Prisons to stop delivering original parcels in a bid to stop smuggling of synthetic drugs, officials say.

The smuggle is real: Westville prison officials discover 200 'heroin' capsules stashed in underwear of woman visiting inmate

2019-09-24 11:04

A woman visiting an inmate at the Durban Westville Prison has been caught trying to smuggle 200 capsules into the facility, according to the Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services.

Bosasa-linked KwaZulu-Natal prisons head fired after lengthy suspension

2019-08-22 09:03

KwaZulu-Natal prisons head Mnikelwa Nxele, who was once accused of taking monthly bribes from Bosasa, has been dismissed for an unrelated matter after spending most of 2019 on suspension.

SEE: Prisons under siege as Zimbabwe's economic woes persist

2019-06-18 22:18

The Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison in Harare is crumbling at the seams, assailed by overcrowding and a critical shortage of medicines, food and other basics as the economically-crippled country battles to care for its inmates.

Call for change to Correctional Services Act to give prisons watchdog independence from department

2019-06-06 18:12

Sonke Gender Justice, which does work to assist inmates, wants to ensure the independence of prisons watchdog JICS to protect the human rights of inmates.

Clashes between prisoners in Brazil jail leave 15 dead

2019-05-28 05:52

Clashes between inmates have killed 15 people at a jail in Amazonas state in northern Brazil, the regional prison authority says.

Prisoners hand themselves in after escape through holding cell roof

2019-04-08 11:55

Two men who escaped police custody in KwaZulu-Natal over the weekend have handed themselves over to police following a manhunt.

Photos show how criminal gangs used stuffed dead rats to smuggle drugs and cell phones into a UK prison

2019-03-25 17:17

Police officers found the dead rats had been disemboweled and filled with drugs, phones, chargers, and SIM Cards.

 

Correctional services minister, prison manager found liable for staffer's sexual assault

2019-11-06 06:27

The Minister of Correctional Services and a manager at a Western Cape prison have been found liable for damages to a social worker who was sexually assaulted in the manager's office, the Western Cape High Court has ruled.

Justice Edwin Cameron gets his wish after Ramaphosa appoints him inspecting judge of prisons

2019-10-24 17:39

President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed retired Constitutional Court Justice Edwin Cameron as Inspecting Judge of the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services - an independent prison watchdog.

Court grants prisoner permission to use his laptop in prison cell

2019-10-01 12:54

The Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg has ordered that Mbalenhle Ntuli, an inmate at Johannesburg Medium C prison, be allowed to use his laptop without a modem in his single cell.

OPINION | A small victory in the fight for the protection of prisoners' rights

2019-09-19 05:00

If we find ourselves saying that prisoners should be locked up forever, with little regard to how they are treated, then we are disregarding a necessary understanding of human nature, writes Zia Wasserman.

Prisoner denied access to personal laptop for studies takes authorities to court

2019-06-21 06:23

Mbalenhle Nkosi, an inmate at Johannesburg Medium C Correctional facility, has taken the head of the prison, the national commissioner and the Minister of Correctional Services to court over access to a laptop in his cell.

'Irregular' contractor appointment at the heart of prison security installation delay

2019-06-11 14:52

A dispute over the appointment of a contractor is at the heart of the delay in completing security upgrades at two prisons.

WATCH: Life Inside Jail - Hell on Earth

2019-06-02 19:12

Correctional Officers at Albany jail await the arrival of seven senior gangsters.

Prisons tender's ballooning costs under the microscope in SIU probe

2019-05-23 17:50

The Special Investigating Unit is probing a massive cost escalation on a contract to install fencing and information systems in South Africa's prisons. The value of the contract ballooned from nearly R477m to over R1.5bn in seven years.

Apartheid-era killer Ferdinand Barnard released on parole

2019-04-02 11:07

Ferdinand Barnard, the killer of anti-apartheid activist David Webster, has been released from prison, according to a report.

'He loved to be feared' - A reminder of who apartheid hitman Ferdi Barnard is

2019-03-07 16:01

If you really want to understand apartheid era hit man Ferdi Barnard, who is officially being released on full parole, you have to turn to the pages of Jacques Pauw’s chilling book 'Into the heart of Darkness', writes Mandy Wiener.

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