South Africa: “It’s chaos.” One dead as prison gangs clash at Leeuwkop

South Africa: “It’s chaos.” One dead as prison gangs clash at Leeuwkop

- in World News


Specialised tactical officers from the correctional services department have been called into Leeuwkop prison after a gang related riot left one prisoner dead and another critically injured.

TimesLIVE understands the fights in the prison’s Medium B section broke out early on Tuesday evening.

Prisoners inside the facility‚ along with their family members‚ said the riot was over control of the prison’s drug trade. TimesLIVE has learnt that earlier this month a warder and another prisoner were seriously injured in the current drug control war.

Police and Prison Civil Rights Union spokesman Richard Mamabolo said the riots were over drugs and highlighted the growing dangers in the country’s horribly over-populated prison.

“Warders across the Eastern Cape have gone on strike because of dangerous conditions inside. There are some prisons which are totally unmanageable. The working conditions are deadly‚ but‚ as usual‚ the department [of correctional services] doesn’t act until there are casualties‚ like tonight.”



Correctional Services spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo said one prisoner had died after his throat was slit with a bottle and another prisoner was seriously injured.

“The deceased suffered serious stabbed wounds on his neck. Such conduct by offenders is unacceptable. This incident has been reported to the SAPS and an investigation is currently underway.

“The department will also launch its own internal investigation which shall determine if this was gang-related or not‚ and will take firm action against those implicated.”

He said additional officials had been deployed to monitor the situation.

Debbie Fourie‚ whose husband is imprisoned in Leeuwkop‚ said she was terrified for her husband’s safety.

Fourie‚ who runs a support group for women whose husbands are imprisoned in the prison‚ said they were terrified for their loved ones.

“We have heard‚ through our communication networks‚ that it’s chaos. The fight broke out in one cell but has spread to others. We are receiving reports of prisoners being badly injured and killed.”

She said from what the husbands of two in the group had said‚ there was more than one person killed.

“Prisons need to be safe not places where gangs rule.”

This is a developing story.

This article was Posted By DJXBAZZ

kindly AddUp Djxbazz||Lovablevibes On whatsapp:- 08065200003 or Call This Number [08127150166] For Negotiable & Promotion Of Your Song On Many Blogs, Also Followers Djxbazz On Social Network : Instagram/Twitter: @iam_djxbazz

DISCLAIMER : do not claim ownership of any of the Songs OR News that we upload or post, and any copyright infringement complaints will be executed immediately! It is our policy to honor all take-down requests! If You Feel Your Rights Are Being Infringed Upon,Email Us

Facebook Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

You may also like

Football: Nigerian international goalkeeper Ikeme winning leukaemia battle

image Nigerian international goalkeeper Carl Ikeme says he is on the road to recovery after undergoing chemotherapy for leukaemia. The 32-year-old English-born star capped 10 times posted on Instagram that he still faced obstacles but things were looking far more positive than a year ago when he was diagnosed with the illness. Ikeme who has been with Wolverhampton Wanderers for his entire career and has played almost 200 games for the club as well as another 60 in spells on loan at other English clubs — returned “abnormal blood tests” during pre-season testing. “After a tough year and intense chemotherapy throughout I would like to let everyone know I am in complete REMISSION,” he posted on Instagram, alongside a photograph of