St Albans officials want prisoner cooperation before lifting lockdown

The St Alban’s Correctional Centre in Port Elizabeth was forced into lockdown a week ago after a riot left three inmates dead.

FILE: St Albans Prison in Port Elizabeth. Picture: Google Maps.

JOHANNESBURG – Prison authorities in the Eastern Cape say that a number of conditions will have to be met before the lockdown at St Alban’s Correctional Centre in Port Elizabeth is completely lifted.

The prison was forced into lockdown a week ago after a Boxing Day riot left three inmates dead and 13 prison warders seriously injured.

At least four prisoners are still receiving medical treatment at state facilities.

Inmates are once again allowed to receive visitors and make phone calls.

But Eastern Cape Correctional Services Commissioner Nkosinathi Breakfast says that a number of factors are being taken into consideration before a decision is made on whether to lift the lockdown completely.

“We’re normalizing the situation, that’s why we’re able to relax or to lift the lockdown partially, depending on the cooperation from the offenders. If they’re disciplined, obey instructions, they do as requested by officials, we may relax the lockdown.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)