SA justice news roundup


A Durban inmate is said to have died after being beaten by correctional officers. (Photo: Stock Xchng)

Westville prisoner dies after beating

The Star reports today that another prisoner died in a Department of Correctional Services facility recently. 

The inmate is said to have died in Durban Westville’s Medium A prison after being beaten by warders.

Citing the chief executive of the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services, Adam Carelse, the newspaper reports that the prisoner had stabbed two fellow inmates during breakfast. Eight warders then restrained him and allegedly assaulted him so badly that he died from his injuries. Read more.

This news follows the death of a 27-year-old Daveyton taxi driver Mido Macia in police cells after he was handcuffed to and dragged behind a police van by SAPS officers, an incident which shone the spotlight on excessive use of force by South Africa’s criminal justice officials.

According to The New Age those in attendance at Macia’s memorial service yesterday made it clear that the police were not welcome at the event. Read more. 

Correctional Services spends R2bn on consultants

The auditor-general Terence Nombembe has criticised the Department of Correctional Services for irregularities in the appointment of consultants, which cost taxpayers more than R2bn in three years, Business Day reports. Read more

Prisons teacher praised for giving inmates a second chance

Helen Lesenyane’s failure to secure a teaching job in an ordinary school led her to volunteer to teach inmates, says The New Age. Eventually she was employed by the Department of Correctional Services and has now won an award for her dedication to improve the lives of inmates. Read more.



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