A new report reveals the inhumane treatment of inmates in South Africa’s most notorious prison: Pollsmoor, in Cape Town.
A single cell, designed for 19 people, contained 86 detainees – McKenzie reported – adding that all the inmates shared a single toilet and shower.
Acting head of Pollsmoor Remand, Cecil John Jacobs, told CNN that the treatment of prisoners was inhumane before adding: “we don’t invite any offender here, they come here because they do alleged crimes.”
Some of South Africa’s most dangerous criminals are held in Pollsmoor Prison, including the numbers gangs: 26s, 27s and 28s.
With more than 4,000 inmates, Pollsmoor Prison’s awaiting trial section is wildly overcrowded.
These figures don’t really prepare you to see how these detainees live. We heard from former detainees how there were 65 people sharing a cell meant for 25 people.
Detainees don’t have access to clean blankets. The toilets aren’t partitioned off and most people don’t get hot water,” Nevin told Groundup.
A Pollsmoor spokesman blamed overcrowding on the high volumes of cases and slow turn-around times by the courts, adding that the facility was addressing the issue.