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A firearm was smuggled into the Baviaanspoort Maximum Correctional Facility in Pretoria at the weekend.
“Acting on a tip-off, officials of the Department of Correctional Services, working with other external security agencies, launched an immediate search operation and a .38 special revolver was discovered in one of the cells,” said Gauteng Correctional Services spokesman Ofentse Morwane in a statement.
He said the matter was being investigated and made an appeal to visitors of prisoners to refrain from bringing illegal and unauthorised items to correctional centres.
“This appeal is therefore made to the public to assist Correctional Services to render all our facilities in Gauteng safe and conducive for the incarceration of offenders by reporting all criminal activities occurring at our visitation areas,” he said.
This comes after another incident occurred in Bloemfontein at the Mangaung Correctional Centre last week. A security official was rescued from a hostage situation after being held by four inmates for 13 hours.
The Bloemfontein prison also had a series of stabbings that took place in the past week.