Bhalekane - Cor­rec­tional

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“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

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