PRISONS

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Concourt asked to strengthen independence of prisons inspectorate

Sonke Gender Justice asks judges to declare part of Correctional Services Act unconstitutional

By Zoë Postman - 4 March 2020
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Official report into Bloemfontein prison reveals mistreatment of inmates

Report released after a long legal battle

By Elna Schütz - 3 March 2020
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Our prisons are failing. They need to become correctional facilities

Our policies have become more punitive, yet our crime rate continues going up

By Edwin Cameron - 3 March 2020
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Prison officials explain Ramaphosa’s decision to reduce sentences

Officials ask Dunoon residents to accept ex-convicts back into society, as nearly 900 released from Pollsmoor

By Peter Luhanga - 17 February 2020
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Report on prison torture allegations ordered to be released

Refusal by government to provide it was “unlawful and invalid” says judge

By Elna Schütz - 7 February 2020
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Fight for release of report on alleged prison torture

Security company wants report to be redacted if it is to be released

By Elna Schütz - 2 December 2019
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Inmate alleging torture at Leeuwkop disputes psychiatrist’s report

The court case will resume on 11 May 2020

By Zoë Postman - 15 November 2019
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Prisoner alleging torture at Leeuwkop sticks to his story under cross-examiniation

“What I’m telling the court today is what happened”

By Zoë Postman - 14 November 2019
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Leeuwkop prisoner says officials gave him electric shocks in showers

“You feel like you can die”

By Zoë Postman - 12 November 2019
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Former inmate tells court he thought of killing himself after prison beating

Xolani Zulu is one of five current and former inmates suing the state for alleged assault and torture

By Zoë Postman - 7 November 2019
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Prison inmate tells court about beating at Leeuwkop prison

Xolani Zulu is among five inmates suing Correctional Services

By Zoë Postman - 6 November 2019
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Doctor testifies on severity of prisoners’ injuries

Inmates are suing Correctional Services for assault and torture

By Zoë Postman - 5 November 2019
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Court hears of alleged assault and torture of prisoners

Doctor testifies that injuries were severe

By Zoë Postman - 4 November 2019
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Court grants prisoner permission to use his laptop

Denying laptop infringed Mbalenhle Ntuli’s right to study, says judge

By Zoë Postman - 1 October 2019
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Judge rules that Prisons Inspectorate must be given independence

Government must change law within two years so that the inspectorate’s funding is not controlled by the Department of Correctional Services

By Tania Broughton - 5 September 2019
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Incarcerated women tell NGO they are desperate for help

Conditions for women in prisons neglected during Women’s Month, says health and human rights organisation

By Unathi Mahlati and Prince Nare - 30 August 2019