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Bloemfontein - Management of the privately-run maximum security Mangaung Correctional Centre, outside Bloemfontein, was on Wednesday taken over by the department of correctional services.
Acting national commissioner Nontsikelelo Jolingana said a special management team, under the leadership of Gauteng correctional services deputy commissioner Zacharia Modise, to run the facility.
Jolingana said the management of the facility were informed on Wednesday morning that they would take over the management of the prison.
Inmates and staff members were also told of the change.
The main reason for the intervention was concern for the safety of inmates and workers, she said.
Last week a number of prison staff were stabbed and last Wednesday, four inmates held an official hostage for 13-hours at the prison.