‘We do not know about boy’s alleged assault’
THE Department of Correctional Services says it is not aware of an incident in which an eight-year-old boy was allegedly sexually assaulted and manhandled by two prison warders.
Gauteng spokesman Ofentse Morwane said the alleged assault was not reported to Leeuwkop management and it did not know about it.
“The investigation by the depart- mental investigation unit will confirm what further steps would be taken should the allegation prove true. The Department of Correctional Services will not hesitate to ensure that any person/s found guilty of any unlawful act or omission in this matter face the consequences of their actions.”
The boy and his mother were visiting his father in prison when they got separated. The boy was herded into a room with two other men and searched. The search apparently involved partially stripping the men and the boy.
His father, who is serving an eight-year term for car theft, blew the whistle on prison warders’ apparent involvement in the death of four inmates in a fire at Leeuwkop prison.
The woman said her son was distraught: “Every time I try to get him to tell me exactly what happened he bursts into tears. He points to his genitals and cries.”
She said late last year the boy’s father and her fiancé had told prison authorities that the warders’ inaction had led to the deaths of four inmates.
She said he saw warders delib- erately delay opening the door of a cell in which a fire had been started. [The warders] were upset because the prisoners were on hunger strike.
“When the fire started they took their time to open the cell. He said by the time they did‚ four prisoners were dead.”
The warders had been targeting him since then, she said.
Morwane said the investigation into the fire had not been completed and they expected a full report by the end of this month.