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South African inmates were routinely beaten, court hears

Published on May 24, 2014 3:22 AM

PORT ELIZABETH (AFP) - Inmates from a maximum security prison in South Africa told a court of brutal torture and beatings Friday, in a test case for new torture laws.

The department of prisons is being sued by inmates for almost US$100,000 (S$125,000) for abuses alleged to have occurred in 2005, while they were serving time at St Albans Maximum Security Prison, near the city of Port Elizabeth.

According to court documents, routine mistreatment - which included electric shocks - started after a senior official, Babini Nqakula, was stabbed to death inside the prison.

The prisoners were suspected of killing Nqakula, a relative of the former safety and security minister Charles Nqakula.

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