Twenty people were treated for smoke inhalation this afternoon after offenders of the Krugersdorp Correctional Services torched mattresses.
Correctional Services spokesperson Manelisi Wolela said from the 20 people being treated, eight of them were officials who extinguished the fire. Only 12 of the 61 offenders in the J-Max Session Unit – where the fire started – suffered smoke inhalation and were taken to external public hospitals for examination and treatment.
Wolela said two offenders, one epileptic and another asthmatic, received more attention and remain in hospital.
“Security has been stepped in the facility and in the adjacent centres, with the Emergency Support Team deployed to monitor the situation,” she said.
“Investigations currently underway will incorporate the recent incident.”
Raynold Ndema, acting Regional Commissioner of Gauteng, went to see in person the developments at Krugersdorp and said all things are back to normal.
“The arson incident has also been reported to the police for criminal investigation and possible prosecution.”
No major damage to the building structure is reported.
This is the second arson incident at Krugersdorp Correctional Centre following another incident exactly a week ago.
This video was uploaded to Facebook by CICA -Crime Intelligence &Community Awareness – South Africa after the first arson attempt.