Watchdog investigating Goedemoed Prison 'abuse'

accreditation
Warders at Goedemoed Prison are being investigated. (iStock, file)
Warders at Goedemoed Prison are being investigated. (iStock, file)

Violent retribution allegedly perpetrated by warders on inmates at Goedemoed Prison in the Free State is being investigated by the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services (JICS).

The JICS is an independent investigative prison oversight body, which falls under the Department of Correctional Services' ambit.

Earlier this year, the media reported on a hostage situation at the prison in which one warder was killed and a female officer raped.

A News24 source - whose brother is imprisoned at Goedemoed - said that since the incident three months ago, inmates were allegedly being abused by warders, adding that beatings and solitary confinement happened daily.

JICS spokesperson Emerantia Cupido said it was currently investigating these allegations.

"The JICS is aware of the allegations of assaults on inmates by warders. The prison, according to our Independent Correctional Centre Visitors who monitors what happens inside prisons and responds to complaints from inmates, is still in lock down after the homicide and rape of officials earlier this year.

"A regional investigator is currently conducting an inquiry. The JICS will also be sending two senior investigators in the first week of July to finalise and report on the situation."

At the time of the incident, News24 reported that the hostage-taker was placed in solitary confinement after he had freed the hostages.

The then-minister of justice and correctional services, Michael Masthua, demanded answers as to how the inmate managed to take hostages. He conveyed his condolences to the family and colleagues of the dead warden, saying the safety of the staff was paramount, News24 reported.

"We expect a full assessment of the protocols regulating the interaction of officials and inmates at the Goedemoed Correctional Centre. We cannot afford to have a similar incident recurring at any point," Masutha said at the time.

"We have to find the glitch in our system that has placed our two officials in harm's way."

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Facebook is facing a fresh crisis after a former employee turned whistle-blower leaked internal company research. Do you still use Facebook?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, the benefits outweigh the risk for me
32% - 2535 votes
No, I have deleted it
38% - 2996 votes
Yes, but I am considering deleting it
31% - 2447 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
14.53
+1.2%
Rand - Pound
20.06
+0.6%
Rand - Euro
16.90
+1.0%
Rand - Aus dollar
10.87
+0.3%
Rand - Yen
0.13
+1.1%
Gold
1,771.22
+0.4%
Silver
23.87
+2.9%
Palladium
2,094.00
+3.5%
Platinum
1,046.00
+0.6%
Brent Crude
84.33
-0.6%
Top 40
60,190
-0.1%
All Share
66,776
-0.0%
Resource 10
63,288
-0.5%
Industrial 25
84,981
+0.6%
Financial 15
14,022
-0.4%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE