The parallel universe in Kgosi Mampuru: Inmates with disabilities speak

Kgosi Mampuru

Kgosi Mampuru prison. Image: Google

“Also, there are no shower doors in the single cells but they do have their own toilets inside their cells. In the communal cells, there are no doors in the showers or the toilets. The inmates make their own plans. They take black garbage bags and hang them over broomsticks to make a curtain. That is the only privacy in the toilet.

“There are also single cells in the hospital section in H block. It’s quite flat there so it’s better for people like Oscar, or me. If something goes wrong at night, it will take two or three hours to get help. There are no intercoms there, you just have to shout and bang on the doors. If a member does appear, it’s up to them how long it’ll take to get help.”

Disabled inmates at Kgosi Mampuru share their experiences with WJP senior journalist, Carolyn Raphaely. Read the piece as it appears on the Daily Maverick, here.

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