Prison Company Stalls Court Actions

By: Ruth Hopkins / ZA

This article was first published on / 07-12-2018

British multinational security company G4S wants the high court in Pretoria to suppress evidence that could reveal widespread torture and abuse of prisoners at its Mangaung prison in Bloemfontein.

G4S has demanded that the medical files of inmates are not to be made public. The inmates allege that the multinational tortured and injected them against their will with antipsychotic drugs. The medical files could contain evidence of these transgressions.
G4S still holds the contract to run Mangaung prison, despite being forced to hand over control to the state for 10 months in 2013.
That year a Wits Justice Project investigation into the prison revealed widespread use of electroshocking, assaults, forced medication and lengthy isolation of inmates.

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