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Kgosi Mampuru prison in spotlight over numerous prisoners suicides | The Star – Independent Online

The suicide of an inmate shortly after he “assaulted” Chris Hani’s killer, Janusz Walus, has exposed alleged negligence at Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Services Centre in Tshwane.

Last month, Johan van Vuuren*, who well-placed insiders said was a mentally-ill inmate serving life imprisonment for murder, hung himself roughly two weeks after he allegedly punched and bruised the eye of Walus in September.

Sources who spoke on condition of anonymity said Van Vuuren, who apparently left behind a note apologising for assaulting Walus, was segregated following the September incident without any supervision or psychiatric help to ensure he didn’t harm himself.

The suicide exposed at least 10 “negligent” inmate deaths between June last year and last month, including an inmate who killed himself in August to avoid alleged abuse he was being subjected to by a prison gang known as the 28s.

The Star has seen shocking pictures, which cannot be published, of inmates hanging from prison ceilings and bars, the anguish etched on their faces.

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