Africa-Press – South-Africa. The Department of Correctional Services said it was investigating after a KwaZulu-Natal prisoner died during a scuffle to stop a fight between inmates and officials at the Pietermaritzburg Medium A Centre on Friday.
Correctional services spokesperson Sechaba Mphahlele said the 36-year-old inmate was serving a 20-year sentence for murder, robbery and dealing in drugs.
According to Mphahlele, the inmates, classified as “maximum risk”, were out for their exercise session around midday on Friday when they attacked prison officers. The inmates were in possession of self-made weapons.
“During the fight, one of the officials suffered eight wounds to the head and two to his left arm. He was admitted to hospital, where he received treatment,” said Mphahlele.
“The other official was left with a swollen eye after he was repeatedly punched by the inmates.”
According to Mphahlele, the 36-year-old inmate died during a scuffle to stop the fight.
An investigation has been launched into the circumstances surrounding his death. KwaZulu-Natal police have also joined the investigation.
“The incident was reported to the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services, for further investigations,” said Mphahlele.