Colonel jay Naicker said the officer died on Friday after he was attacked by the prisoners inside the cells.
“The 54-year-old warrant officer who was working as a cell commander was in the cells when he was attacked by awaiting trial prisoners. They allegedly strangled him with a blanket until he lost consciousness. He was taken to hospital for medical attention however he passed away a short while later,” he said.
A case of murder was opened, and the five men who were awaiting trial for armed robbery and housebreaking would be charged for his death, Naicker said.
The five will appear at Esikhawini Magistrates Court on Monday.
The Provincial Commissioner in KwaZulu-Natal, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni condemned the killing. “This is a senseless act of criminality by those that have no respect for the law. I wish to extended my deepest condolences to the family of our deceased colleague. We will ensure that his killers get what they deserve by ensuring that the case is thoroughly investigated before the matter goes for trial,” she said.