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Warden stabbed at Mangaung prison

A warden was stabbed just one day after a woman was held hostage at the prison.

A warden was stabbed just one day after a woman was held hostage at the prison. Picture: sxc.hu

JOHANNESBURG - There's been yet another stabbing at the Mangaung Correctional Centre outside Bloemfontein just one day after police had to rescue a woman held hostage by four inmates.

A warden was stabbed at the prison on Thursday and was admitted to hospital with serious injuries.

The past month has seen a rapid increase in the number of violent incidents at the prison following the sacking of more than 300 Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popru) members.

The Correctional Services Department's Joe Maako explained.

"It's been reported that one official was stabbed and is currently at a private hospital. The injuries were serious."

Meanwhile, private security firm G4S Africa says it's ramped up security at the Mangaung Correctional Centre following the dramatic hostage situation.

The woman, who was guarding around 60 inmates, was captured after a routine exercise by four inmates and held hostage for 12 hours.

She was held in a cell and was threatened with a makeshift weapon.

The woman was eventually rescued through a joint operation by the South African Police Service and G4S.

Despite the seriousness of the situation, the woman, a highly trained warden, said she was treated well while being held captive.

The company also confirmed the woman was previously held hostage in 2009.