Guards stabbed by offenders at correctional facilities


Three correctional officers were stabbed by offenders in two Free State correctional facility centres last weekend. The provincial deputy regional commissioner, Kenneth Mthombeni, told Bloemfontein Courant one officer was stabbed by three offenders in the Bazzah Makate correctional facility centre, Kroonstad, on Saturday. The two other two officers were stabbed by two offenders in Groenpunt correctional facility centre in Deneysville in broad daylight on Sunday.

He added that the offenders belonging to the gang group called 27 and 28 had stabbed the officer and it’s possible that these incidents were related as both offenders belonged to these groups.

Mthombeni said it is unfortunate that incidents of such nature had occurred, more so as it was committed by people who were supposedly in a process of rehabilitation. He added, however,  he is under no illusion that not all offenders will seek to be rehabilitated. Mthombeni said the officer in Bazzah Makate had sustained only moderate injuries while one officer in Groenpunt was also moderately injured and as a result was treated and discharged.

According to Mthombeni one officer wasn’t as fortunate as the other as he had sustained serious injuries and was still in hospital. He added that the offenders in both cases will be charged with attempted murder and as a result, face lengthy jail time. They might also be declared maximum offenders. – Lucky Nkuyane