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Shocking prison conditions

I read with interest about a recent award of R2 million in damages for a man who was subject to terrible treatment in our prisons.  He was accused of housebreaking and detained for more than 2 years before the charges against him were withdrawn.  That in itself is a scandal.  During that time, he got HIV and he was also forcibly tattooed by other inmates in the prison.

It really does illustrate the shocking conditions in prisons in SA which are an absolute violation of people’s basic human rights.  I wonder how long this situation is going to be tolerated?  Prisoners get raped and murdered.  Gangs run rampant.  Nothing is done about the situation.  It is a shocking indictment of the current state of affairs and no wonder that attorneys continue to obtain these types of judgments against people who have, in most cases, being wrongly imprisoned. 


Posted by Michael de Broglio on Wednesday 16-Nov-22 Share on Facebook   Tweet It

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Fikile  said:
on Wednesday 01-Feb-23 09:52 AM
The word "Innocent until proven guilty" doesn't work in South Africa. People get arrested all the time for crimes that they didn't even commit and people that commit the crimes don't even get to see prison. What is worse is the same people that blame other people for these things don't even want to tell the truth until it is too late. It is not enough that people have to loose their reputation but they have to be arrested for things they didn't do.

Sinead  said:
on Friday 02-Dec-22 04:59 PM
That really scars one for life. No pun intended.
Unbelievable how terrible the conditions are.
I can't imagine how scary it must be to work in a prison.

Ashleigh  said:
on Friday 25-Nov-22 03:27 PM
I watched Inside the World's Toughest Prisons on Netflix and a Prison in South Africa was on there. They are basically run by gangs and even the wardens are murdered. They battle to find wardens to do this duty because obviously it is not safe and these criminals can basically run their gangs regardless whether its in or out of prison. It is extremely scary for some prisoners that have done petty things to be around these dangerous people who have no value for themselves let alone other people's lives. Shame I was horrified.

Roxanne  said:
on Thursday 17-Nov-22 04:23 PM
It is very disgusting on how the justice system is in this country operates. There are a lot of cases where they are wrongfully accused and detained for so long and badly treated. That is the reason why the country is the way it is where the hard criminal get away with a slap on the wrist but the wrongfully accused gets the brunt of the mistreatment.

Melissa  said:
on Thursday 17-Nov-22 11:36 AM
What a disgrace, well I guess everything in South Africa is going downhill so that is not much of a surprise to me

Clare  said:
on Thursday 17-Nov-22 09:02 AM
This is very sad and is so sad that this guy got unwanted tattoos and raped and now has to deal with HIV, besides these man's ordeal Prison is not meant to be a holiday resort. It Prison they have people who rape and kill babies, child, women, families. They not meant to go have a luxury life in prison. His story should be told so that people will think twice before stealing and robbing others.

Jessica  said:
on Wednesday 16-Nov-22 11:19 AM
This is terrible, SA is terrible, the people who are supposed to protect us won't even do that so not surprised how the prison's are. It's terrible honestly and he should of gotten more than that.

Alexis  said:
on Wednesday 16-Nov-22 10:59 AM
I am very sorry for his misfortune and what he had to endure. Money will not bring him back those years, nor will it bring back his health. There isn't much that is right within SA, so it is not surprising in the least that this is not another thing that can be added to the list of what is wrong with SA

david  said:
on Wednesday 16-Nov-22 09:51 AM
the real problem is that nobody cares about anything in SA, except what they can get.

BiancaN  said:
on Wednesday 16-Nov-22 09:49 AM
This is shocking! Althoug he was compensated, the rest of his life has been flipped upside down by incompetent people! I hope they face harsh consequences - people like them have no place in our police force or judicial system.


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