Talks continue in hostage crisis

Bloemfontein - Negotiators were still trying late on Monday night to convince two inmates at the Mangaung Correctional Centre to release a doctor they had taken hostage.

Brigadier Billy Jones said the two prisoners were still holding the doctor at 10pm.

Inmates have taken a prison doctor hostage at a privately operated maximum security jail near Bloemfontein. Credit:

“The negotiations are still ongoing,” he said.

The Mangaung maximum security prison outside Bloemfontein is privately run by the security company G4S, in co-operation with the Department of Correctional Services.

Earlier, it was reported that the doctor and a nurse, both prison personnel, had been taken hostage during a ward round at 11am on Monday.

The nurse had reportedly been released unharmed.

Police and emergency personnel were on the scene soon afterwards. - Sapa