Leeuwkop Max C: Inmates claim abuse and torture, turn to courts for relief

Leeuwkop Prison Inmates

Leeuwkop Prison Inmates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to Malanie, “six inmates – including my husband – were taken separately to the showers and repeatedly shocked with “boards” or electric shock shields. They were made to squat and after each shock, the warders put their fingers up their anus’ to search for contraband. Llewellyn told me he was the second last to go into the showers. He said the shower floors were full of faeces which must have been from the other guys who were taken there before him…When you are shocked it makes you defecate….”

Although President Zuma signed into law the Prevention and Combating of Torture Of Persons Act on July 25th 2013, torture remains prevalent is South African prisons. Read senior journalist, Carolyn Raphaely’s story on the brutal attack and torture of Llewellyn Smith, an inmate at Leeuwkop Max C prison. The piece details how Smith, together with a number of inmates were assaulted and beaten just a few days after a cell phone was found in Smith’s cell. To read the article as it appears on the Daily Maverick, click here.

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