PRISONS

Violence in prisons is increasing. The prisons watchdog needs more power to stop it

A Constitutional Court decision, awaited since March, will be crucial for the safety of inmates and wardens

By Edwin Cameron - 3 September 2020

Foreign nationals are being held in prison past their release dates

Prisoners say they were told they will have to wait until Covid-19 is over before they will be free

By Zoë Postman - 19 August 2020

Prisoners at Brandvlei starved of water when pump failed

People don’t see prisoners as human beings, says inmate’s daughter

By Zoë Postman - 21 July 2020

Covid-19: Whatever unfolds in our prisons will affect all of us

The release of 19,000 low-risk inmates is a bold and necessary step to save lives

By Sasha Gear and Doreen Gaura - 26 May 2020

Covid-19: Lockdown makes access to justice for prisoners even more difficult

Leeuwkop trial inmates “subjected daily to the control of the people they are suing for torture”

By Zoë Postman - 25 May 2020
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Prison riot in Lusikisiki

Awaiting trial inmates say their “rights are grossly violated” by the Covid-19 lockdown regulations

By Sibahle Siqathule - 12 May 2020
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Covid-19: Government starts large prisoner release

About 19,000 low-risk offenders may qualify

By Zoë Postman - 8 May 2020
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Covid-19: Call for Minister to release prisoners

“There is every reason to fear that the virus may spread more fearsomely within our correctional system, and soon”

By Zoë Postman - 24 April 2020
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Covid-19 and the perils of over-incarceration

Inspecting judge calls for prisoner releases

By Edwin Cameron - 24 April 2020
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Covid-19: Prison inmates are in immediate danger

Picture 70 to 100 people in a room that is 8x24 square metres

By Peter Christians - 21 April 2020
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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