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Prisoner Abuse: South Africa

In October 2013, South African authorities announced that G4S was not fulfilling its obligations to operate the Manguang Prison, and the government took over management of the prison. This decision followed a series of media reports that G4S guards were engaging in widespread abuses at the prison. Amnesty International investigated conditions at the prison and reported that inmates alleged that G4S guards subjected them to electric shocks, forced injections, beatings, amongst other abuses.”

According to Ruth Hopkins, an investigator with the Wits Justice Project, “Inmates complained about broken limbs, blood in their urine and other serious injuries – some said they would pass out when the shocks became too intense.”

Following are some of the media reports.

 


G4S abuses in South African prison still ignored

G4S abuses in South African prison still ignored

SOURCE: OPEN DEMOCRACY On 17 December 2013, former inmate Tebogo Meje was called to the office of the unit manager in Mangaung prison, a South African jail run by British security behemoth G4S. There, members of the Emergency Security Team (EST)–a team of warders also known as the ‘ninjas’, armed with electrically charged shields and […]

South African prisoners sue G4S over torture claims

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN A group of South African prisoners are suing G4S over abuse they allege they suffered in a Bloemfontein prison run by the British security company. British law firm Leigh Day, which is representing the 43 prisoners, sent an urgent letter to the company’s UK headquarters in Crawley on Thursday. The inmates claim […]

South Africa takes over G4S prison after concerns

South Africa takes over G4S prison after concerns

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN South African authorities have announced they will take over the management of a maximum security prison run by G4S after the private security contractor “lost effective control of the facility”. The South African department of correctional services (DCS) said on Wednesday that it was taking over Mangaung correctional centre outside Bloemfontein because […]