A Leeuwkop Correctional Providers prisoner has allegedly been overwhelmed to loss of life.
He was allegedly overwhelmed for near an hour after he had a struggle with one other inmate.
Sizwe Mhlongo died on Monday morning on account of the accidents he sustained. The deceased was serving a 25-year sentence for burglary and theft.
The Division of Correctional Providers (DCS) couldn’t touch upon the allegations however stated that the matter was underneath investigation.
An inmate, who claims to have witnessed the incident informed The Star on Tuesday that correctional officers had assaulted the deceased after he had a dispute with one other inmate.
“He stabbed the inmate and afterwards they took him to the workplace and the guards began beating him. From what I do know, the members that have been within the workplace have been all beating him,” he stated.
The inmate went to the workplace after the alleged assault and located Mhlongo mendacity in entrance of the workplace door nonetheless alive.
He stated he appealed to the officers to take him to the hospital however they refused. After two hours, he acquired some individuals to select him up and lay him underneath the solar.
“He laid there for about two-and-a-half hours after which they determined to take him to the hospital,” he stated.
The inmate added that the officers have been negligent as a result of they didn’t take him to the hospital instantly. The incident occurred round 8.30am on Monday and Mhlongo was taken to the hospital round 10am.
DCS spokesperson Logan Maistry, nevertheless, stated that in Mhlongo’s struggle with the inmate, correctional officers “needed to intervene and disarm” the deceased.
“The DCS has launched an investigation following a security-related incident at Leeuwkop Medium A Correctional Centre, Gauteng, yesterday (Monday, August 3), the place an inmate, sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for burglary and theft, died after allegedly trying to stab a fellow offender with a self-made knife,” he stated.
He added that after the struggle with the opposite inmate, Mhlongo was taken for medical therapy however sadly handed on.