The Democratic Alliance (DA) has vowed to fight for justice and equally request for full investigations into the attack that left at least three people dead at the St Albans Prison.
Reports had it that the attack which subsequently turned into a “free-for-all” fight erupted after offenders started assaulting prison officials on Monday morning. The stabbing spree reportedly started in the dining area of the prison while inmates were having breakfast.
The fight, which saw more than 20 people injured also drew the attention of Emergency services, a medical helicopter and the police’s K9 unit to the chaotic scene.
The situation was so serious that it roped in Correctional Services Provincial Commissioner Nkosinati Breakfast to the crime scene. Though Breakfast denied to confirm if the stabbing spree took place, he, however, said the situation was sensitive in nature.
Eastern Cape Health spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo, who also weighed in on the matter, said that at least 26 people were injured, 10 of which were in a critical condition at hospital. Among them were seven prison warders and some of them were badly injured.
Kupelo confirmed that the deceased sustained injuries as a result of “blunt wounds” to the head.
Reacting to the ugly development, DA spokesman on correctional services James Selfe said the opposition party would request that the department of correctional services conduct a thorough investigation into the tragic death and injury.
Selfie asserted that the blue block will never allow such incidence to continue to take place at the St Albans Prison.
He said: “It is not the first time that violent events have occurred at this prison and we cannot allow such incidents to go unaccounted for.
“The DA will further be writing to the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services to request the Minister to appear before the Committee as soon as possible at the start of 2017 to account to Parliament for the events.”
In the meantime, prison officials are yet to release a statement on the matter.