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5 Pollsmoor wardens in hospital after attacks

It is believed that the officials were trying to stop an assault on an inmate when they themselves were beaten.

FILE: Pollsmoor Prison. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Five Pollsmoor Prison wardens are recovering in hospital after they were attacked by inmates.

The Correctional Services Department says the assault took place on Sunday.

Senior officials are expected to visit Pollsmoor on Wednesday following separate attacks on prison guards at the weekend.

On Sunday, prison visits were suspended after wardens were attacked. It is believed that the officials were trying to stop an assault on an inmate when they themselves were beaten.

Officials say the incident was gang related.

In a separate incident on Monday, a prison guard was also attacked by a remand detainee.

The department is probing the incidents.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)