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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
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Court battles continue for prisoner to get access to laptop for studying

Inmate who took correctional services to court put in isolation for seven days for “disrespecting a prison official”

By Zoë Postman - 30 August 2019
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Relatives denied visiting rights at Goodwood prison

Correctional services says there are renovations taking place at the visiting area

By Tariro Washinyira - 25 July 2019
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Officials apologise for preventing prisoner from signing court papers

Mbalenhle Ntulii wants a laptop so he can study

By Zoë Postman - 17 July 2019

Prisoner denied access to laptop for studies takes authorities to court

Correctional services say his computer is a security risk

By Zoë Postman - 20 June 2019
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Call to bolster independence of prisons watchdog

“A watchdog body which is understaffed and unable to do what it’s meant to do”

By Barbara Maregele - 7 June 2019
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Garden for psychiatric patients struggles to find funding

Lentegeur Market Garden may not make it through the year

By Kristine Liao and Katherine Liu - 21 May 2019
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Prisoner alleges beatings at Westville

“They cannot do worse to me than they already have” says inmate

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 27 March 2019
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Joburg prisoners claim department is violating court’s order to feed them properly

Correctional Services says it has complied with the order and denies any wrongdoing

By Ciaran Ryan - 28 January 2019

Samuel Nndwambi’s murder conviction was overturned. But only after he spent 12 years in prison

He says he can never forgive the state

By Aidan Jones - 2 October 2018
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Sun City prisoners accuse staff of cheating them out of canteen money

Inmates say attempts to open fraud case blocked

By Ciaran Ryan - 20 September 2018
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Sibusiso Mavuka has spent ten years in prison, and appeared in court 91 times. He has never been convicted of any crime.

Mandela’s 100th birthday is a time for us to reflect on our criminal justice system

By Lee-Anne Bruce and Palesa Madi - 18 September 2018
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Judgment paints a damning picture of prison life at Sun City

Correctional Services ordered to feed prisoners properly

By Ciaran Ryan - 21 June 2018
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Prison inmates go 20 hours between meals

Court case throws light on conditions at “Sun City”

By Ciaran Ryan - 30 January 2018