Life behind bars - prisoners share their stories, shook South Africa

Life behind bars - prisoners share their stories, shook South Africa

There’s something special about the festive season and New Year’s celebrations. These 4 stories involving inmates prove that the season for giving has an impact on those behind bars as well.

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Oscar Pistorius in charge of bible study

Pistorius was sentenced to 13 years in prison following the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

The prison term was extended from 6 to 13 years following an appeal.

Pistorius’ father, Henke, informed The Times UK that his son has found new purpose in recent times as he leads bible study at the Atteridgeville correctional centre.

The prison has also awarded a piece of land to Pistorius, which he is using to create a vegetable garden.

Barefoot march from KZN to Leeuwkop prison and Union buildings

#FeesMustFall activist Bonginkosi Khanyile led a barefoot march from KwaZulu Natal to the Union buildings to serve their memorandum to President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The march also passed by Leeuwkop prison in support of arrested activist, Khanya Cekeshe, as he serves a 5-year sentence for torching a police van during the #FeesMustFall protest.

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Festive prison party plans ruined

DispatchLIVE reported that a whopping R15 000 and 530 mobile phones were confiscated during prison raids at 5 Eastern Cape facilities in December.

TimesLIVE also reported that inmates were planning a New Year’s Eve party at Westville correctional facility in Durban but their plans were foiled by police.

Authorities conducted surprise raids and they found various shocking items, such as 425 litres of sorghum beer, 51 mobile phones, marijuana and more than R1000 in cash.

Prison life begins at 50

A 50-year-old man has started his jail term after he was sentenced for life.

The Durban man was found guilty of raping his 6-year-old granddaughter.

Briefly.co.za noted that he pled guilty to the rape charges in December.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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