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G4S: Independent party must confirm penalties

G4S has been issued 29 notices of penalties at the Mangaung Correctional Facility.

G4S has been issued 29 notices of penalties at the Mangaung Correctional Facility.

JOHANNESBURG - Private security company Group 4 Securicor (G4S) says it will only pay penalties for breaching its contract at the Mangaung Correctional Facility in the Free State if the penalties are proven to be valid by an independent party.

G4S has been issued 29 notices of penalties of R36,000 each and will have to pay R144,000 if they are enforced.

It is understood the breaches of contract relate to administrative issues as well as incidents of violence.

The past month has seen a spate of stabbings at the prison following the sacking of 334 Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) members for going on strike illegally.

G4S Africa President Andy Baker said, "We will go through every one of the notices. We need establish whether they are valid notices or not. If they are valid and if it is deemed to be so by an independent party we will of course meet them."

Earlier this week, a female employee was held hostage by four inmates for 12 hours.

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

Security has since been beefed up at the facility.