News 22.6.2016 01:08 pm

Tik overdose deaths in jail: family wants answers

Inmates are seen inside a prison courtyard. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

Inmates are seen inside a prison courtyard. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

The deaths of two prisoners in Krugersdorp has again raised questions about the complicity of corrupt warders who smuggle drugs into SA’s jails.

The family members of one of two men who allegedly overdosed on drugs and died while in Krugersdorp Correctional Services cells are demanding answers about how this was even possible.

It is believed they may have injected tik at the time of their deaths. Other rumours suggest they may even have injected washing powder, the Krugersdorp News reported. The speculation is that narcotics make their way into the prison in plastic balls thrown over the fences and walls.

It is alleged that drug dealers throw plastic balls filled with drugs over the prison's walls. Photo: Google Maps.

It is alleged that drug dealers throw plastic balls filled with drugs over the prison’s walls. Photo: Google Maps.

Debbie Cronje called the Krugersdorp News following the death of her cousin Jan Hendrik van Wyk, 25, on June 16 in the Krugersdorp Correctional Services’ cells.

Van Wyk was serving a two-year sentence for theft and possession of drugs Familat the time of his death.

Cronje said another family member, who is currently in the same prison, told her that drugs are placed in plastic balls and tossed into the prison grounds. The balls are then collected by the guards who then allegedly redistribute the drugs inside the prison. If true, this would once again shine a light on the ongoing problem of warder corruption in South African prisons.

“It is beyond my imagination how it is possible to overdose on drugs in jail,” added Cronje.

Cronje shared one of Van Wyk’s last letters to his mother with the Krugersdorp News. He wrote as follows:

“So I close it to leave a piece of everything behind. Mommy I have God. I am in good hands. I need you to keep the family in peace and together. It is my wish not for you to hurt each other. I love you, dad, brother and sister dearly. I am so sorry that I didn’t spend more time with you. I would give anything to see you again. Mommy I love you guys, goodbye mommy.”

The news site was unable to make contact with the second convict’s family for more details surrounding his death.

The spokesperson referred the News to the area commissioner of the Krugersdorp Management Area, Mantom Mbebe, who in turn referred them to the regional coordinator communication services for comment.

Regional coordinator communication spokesperson for the correctional Service Mantom Mbebe said her office did not handle media enquiries at a management area level.

This is a developing story, more to come.

– Caxton News Service

 

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