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Popcru: Three hurt in jail hostage drama

A female staff member is being held against her will by inmates at the Bloemfontein facility.

FILE: A group of prisoners. Picture: Barry Bateman/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - Three people have been injured following a hostage situation at the Mangaung Correctional Centre near Bloemfontein, Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) said on Wednesday.

A staff member is being held against her will by inmates at the facility.

Details are still sketchy.

It's understood just over 100 members of private security firm G4S have been dispatched to rescue the woman.

Popcru's Provincial Secretary Lawrence Msinto says there are not adequate measures at the prison to handle the situation.

"There is one unit manager, one trainee that is not competent to handle the situation in the prison and a supervisor."