South African police are investigating the cause of a brawl between inmates of St Albans prison in Port Elizabeth and warders which left three prisoners dead and at least 10 more critically injured on Monday.
Inmates allegedly attacked warders, but full details will be supplied at a news conference on Tuesday. Eastern Cape Health Department Spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said Monday the hospital where the injured are being treated is under police guard.
Unfortunately, one person died at the scene and two others died at Livingston Hospital. The total number of those injure was 26 and 10 of them were in a critical condition," Kupelo said.
"The hospital is now under police guard, and we are doing our level best to save the lives of those who are critical. There are two who are very critical and our emergency personnel as well will remain at St Albans.
Correctional Services Commissioner Zacharia Modise said he would visit the prison on Tuesday.
I can confirm that there has been an incident at St Albans this morning and I will be going there tomorrow morning to get a full brief of the situation. I am informed that there are offenders that have died and I want to go and make sure that I get all the information myself and then I can issue a statement tomorrow morning, added Modise.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK