Johannesburg - A Department of Correctional Services official was stabbed twice by an inmate who was attempting to escape at the High Court in Johannesburg, spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo said on Tuesday.
"The DCS is appalled by the incident where a correctional services official was stabbed by an inmate at the Johannesburg High Court on Monday. According to the preliminary investigation, the inmate used a sharp object stabbing the official twice before attempting to escape," said Nxumalo.
"He [the inmate] was caught in no time by the court security officials, with assistance from the general public who were within the court premises."
The injured prison official was taken to a hospital and has since been released after receiving medical attention.
A formal investigation has been launched to establish the facts around the incident, and a criminal case will be lodged with the South Africa Police Service (SAPS).