Cape Town - Numbers gangs in Pollsmoor Prison have caused havoc this week as members from the 26s and 28s battle.
On Monday night, inmates being held in the Medium B section of the jail set alight mattresses to prevent Correctional Services officials and police from raiding a cell.
The convicts attacked officials with boiling water and sticks and also threw liquid on the floor to keep them out.
Pollsmoor communications manager Lewies Davids says the raid comes after information was received about knives being kept in the cell.
“On Monday night, Correctional Services in Western Cape activated a regional reaction team to perform a special search at Pollsmoor Medium B upon receiving information that knives and contraband were hidden in cell 287,” he explains.