Prisoners across the country demand parole hearings

“Your reluctance to address our legitimate challenges will result in us being not cooperative”


News | 21 June 2017

Allegations of abuse at Kimberley prison

But report also finds much that works well


News | 24 May 2017

Prison confiscates study materials of inmate legal eagle

This follows GroundUp’s story on how he took legal action on behalf of a prisoner with brain cancer


News | 12 May 2017

Prisoner fights in court for fellow inmate with brain cancer

Court orders Mike Phahlamohlaka must be considered for medical parole


News | 9 May 2017

Prisoners go on hunger strike over parole dispute

“We trust that you will realise the implications that might be triggered by your ignorance of this memorandum”


News | 5 May 2017

Pollsmoor remand facility still at 174% capacity, says Sonke Gender Justice

Conditions have improved but not enough, says report


News | 2 May 2017

UCT students treat prisoners to a touch of beauty

“It is a surprise that there are people out there who care for us”


Brief | 2 May 2017

Call to give prisons inspectorate more powers

Sonke brings court application


Law | 16 February 2017

Court victory for Pollsmoor prisoners

“How do human beings live in a detention facility while there are rats?” asks judge


News | 5 December 2016

Showdown over Pollsmoor’s “appalling” conditions

Sonke is taking prison authorities to court on 5 December


News | 30 November 2016

Boksburg prisoners have to drink water from geyser

Raft of complaints about state of correctional facility


Feature | 2 November 2016

A South African shame: children in prisons

Youths held in adult prison for 200 days without access to visitors


Law | 12 September 2016

A day in the visitors’ queue at Pollsmoor

Eight hour wait to see inmates at the prison


Feature | 20 July 2016

Sport changed my life, says prisoner

Athletics championship in Port Elizabeth brings together 500 prisoners


Brief | 2 March 2016

Detainees go to court over conditions in Pollsmoor

65 people held in a cell meant for 25


News | 3 February 2016

HIV-positive prisoner denied antiretroviral treatment

Pollsmoor detainees speak out


News | 3 February 2016