CAPE TOWN – The Eastern Cape Correctional Services Commissioner has told Eyewitness News a preliminary investigation has revealed there may be mismanagement issues at Port Elizabeth’s St Albans Prison.
A probe has been underway after three inmates were killed when violence broke out between prisoners and guards in December.
More than 30 other inmates were involved in the vicious attack on the facility’s prison wardens.
The commissioner says recommendations from a probe into suspected mismanagement at St Albans Prison will be revealed in due course.
Officials say investigation recommendations are being finalised.
“There were management issues that we also find that it was not according to policies of the department.”
Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner Nkosinathi Breakfast says he’s not at liberty to divulge the details regarding their findings of the probe just yet.
He has however confirmed the incident was gang-related.
“Some of the things, in general, was the issue of gangsterism. They were gangsters and the incident was gang-related.”
Three inmates were killed following a scuffle that broke out between inmates and prison wardens at the facility’s C Max section six months ago.
Five guards were seriously injured in the attack when prisoners reportedly attacked them with homemade weapons.
He says information from some officials is still outstanding.
“Some of the officials have been trying to intervene but we have been unable to take some statements from them because some of them are still suffering trauma, stress, depression. So it’s difficult to interrogate them. we’re still finalising that part.”
At the same time, authorities are searching for Phumzile Langeni who escaped from the facility on Friday.
Langeni was serving a 30-year sentence for robbery, attempted murder and the possession of unlicensed firearms.
(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)