SAPS NEWS: PRISONER HELD 2 CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS HOSTAGE: Female Warder Stabbed to Death
Media Statement from Free State Media Centre
Corporate Communication and Liaison
South African Police Service
A female warder based at Goedemoed Correctional Service Centre was stabbed to death after being held hostage at the center with her fellow female colleague.
It was on Friday, 29 March 2019 at about 15:30 when the unfortunate incident took place.
Two officials found themselves held hostage in the office at the Correctional Centre. According to the information, the sentenced prisoner who was busy with
cleaning duties forced both officials in the office where he locked himself with them.
After realizing what was happening, the authorities at the center mobilized the response teams including SAPS hostage negotiator who started negotiating the release of the officials for almost three hours, after which the prisoner surrendered. When the response teams comprising of Correctional service officials and Tactical Response Team (TRT) entered the office they discovered a body of 35-year-old warder full of blood due stab wounds sustained while held hostage. Her 33-year-old colleague was still alive and treated for shock as she appeared to be traumatized.
The prisoner was rearrested and taken into custody, he will be charged with murder, and other charges might be added based on the outcomes of interviews with the survived warder and the results of post mortem.
Particulars of the deceased warder and her fellow colleague will only be made known after their families are formerly notified.
Brigadier Motantsi Sam Makhele
Tel: 051 507 7473
Cell: 082 466 7396