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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
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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