Bhalekane - Correctional
“He wanted me to tell him where I was keeping my narcotics, I told him I had none but he still insisted with torturing me,” Mcolisi* added. According to the two ex-inmates they were not corrected at the facility, as they were hoping, instead they were turned into monsters. “Our sentence might have ended but we are definitely not the same people that went in there, we are worse and I would not be shocked if one of the inmates committed murder or any related offense because we are the animals that they are trying to build at Bhalekane,” he said.
It was after this that the former inmates then requested the commissioner gen- eral to go check and probably monitor the situation at the facility, as they mentioned that it was getting out of hand.
“I was at the facility for two years, he never visited even for a single day, but we would read in newspapers and see him talking in television that we are his children, he is not aware of the inhuman occurrences that happen in that facility and if he does not pay attention, his good name and that of the institution will be dragged through the mud due to one persons arrogance,” Bongani* one of the ex-inmates added.
The former inmates claim to be speaking on behalf of the inmates still serv- ing their sentences at Bhalekane.
“They are kept there with no one to hear their cries, so it is up to us who have gone through all they have gone through to expose all that happens in that facility because it is bad, we are a country that is known for humanity but at Bhalekane they are breeding monsters, it must stop,” Fikz* said.
The former inmates further added that most of the drugs are sneaked in by the officers themselves.
“We get the dagga and tobacco through them, it is unfair for them to then come back and torture us for supporting their business,” one added