JOHANNESBURG - Sentenced inmates at Johannesburg Correctional Centre, also known as "Sun City", on Thursday appealed to the government to do something about overcrowding in prison cells and also deal with their alleged mistreatment by correctional officers.
This was during an unannounced raid by the deputy minister of justice and correctional services, Thabang Makwetla, at the prison's Medium B section to ensure that inmates have an incident-free Christmas holiday.
This maximum security prison section houses 2,631 inmates, with 567 of them serving anywhere from 10 years to multiple life sentences.
Percy Mashele, an inmate with physical disability serving a long sentence, said that the correctional service officers had been ignoring his pleas for a lower bed as prison cells have bunker beds....
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