Leeuwkop Prison Officials Accused of Abuse
Fresh allegations of corruption have been levelled against correctional services officials at the Leeuwkop Prison near Bryanston, north of Johannesburg.
Inmates at the prison have exclusively told Kaya FM news that that they are being subjected to brutal attacks and abuse.
The inmates allege that prison officials are at the forefront of the attacks; using other inmates to carry out the actions in exchange for a comfortable stay at the prison.
Prisoners that are serving their sentences are living in fear, and are now pleading for help from the department of correctional services.
“We need you to help us, most of us have not done anything wrong but we end up getting hurt when the gang comes to get their next victim” one of the prisoners said.
The supposed corrupt officials have reportedly started a gang within the prison structures which carries out the orders and hits, leaving all the dirty work to the inmates themselves.
This makes it difficult for whistle blowers to prove that officials are involved in the attacks and that they are the actual instigators of the violence.
The allegations stretch even further with inmates saying their basic human rights are being overlooked because they are not being afforded the opportunity to seek medical assistance when they sustain injuries.
“There are people lying here who have been bleeding but no one comes in to help them. They are not even being taken to the hospital” the prisoner added.
Last year the Leeuwkop prison found itself in a similar situation after atleast twenty inmates claimed to be assaulted and tortured by warders and members of the Emergency Security Team who used electric shock devices on them.
That flag was raised after Llewellyn Smith was brutally assaulted, stripped naked, electro-shocked and tortured in the prison showers.
His wife Malanie brought an urgent application in the South Gauteng High Court requesting that her husband be granted permission to see a private medical practitioner, that he was x-rayed and permitted to lay charges with the South African police Service.
The latest incident has sparked widespread criticism over the manner in which the department of correctional services is handing its different facilities.
Earlier this year prison officials at Pollsmoor prison in Cape Town were accused of providing inmates with cellphones and other luxuries.
This surfaced after inmates at the prison opened social media accounts on which they they posted their daily activities inside the prison.
This sparked the rollout of cellphone detection technology at facilities across the country in a bid to enhance security measures at the prison.