Watch:Inmates have burned a prison cell in Potchefstroom, NW
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Written by Motsieng Mooketsi

Potchefstroom – Inmates at the Potchefstroom Correctional Services went on the rampage on Friday when they protested against the facility to which they allege is mistreating them, this is after prison wardens apparently tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday of last week.

According to a source;The inmates say “They were surprised to see a sudden replacement of staff wardens, and soon after there were rumours that prison wardens have been diagnosed with Covid-19”.

To their surprise, no form of screening and testing has taken place since the wardens tested positive, and this is what caused the protest which led to a holding cell going in Flames.

in the video above an inmate can be heard saying: “The prison is burned, they want to kill us! , the prison is burned!”.

In a voice note we received, from our source, an inmate is heard saying “We want to be moved to another facility and besides that, this facility is failing us,… our well-being is under threat, we struggle with food and everything, so we want to move to another facility, we no longer want Potchefstroom Correctional Services” .

It also alleged there are inmates who have been carried out of the prison on stretchers due to the infection of the Covid-19 virus.

The inmates are said to be moved to other police stations.

When we called the Potchefstroom Correctional Services to confirm the allegations and arson, a personnel from the facility told us she can not divulge on the matter with us.


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