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Doctor held hostage at Bloem jail

Police spokesperson Thabo Litabe said the inmates are demanding to be moved to Gauteng.

File: Prison fence. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A doctor is being held hostage by two inmates at the Mangaung Correctional Centre just outside Bloemfontein, Free State police confirmed on Monday.

The hostage situation began at around 11am on Monday morning.

The facility is run in collaboration with Group Four Security in a public/private partnership.

Police spokesperson Thabo Litabe said the prisoners were demanding to be moved to Gauteng.

"The police are still busy negotiating with the two inmates. There is a large police presence on the scene."