Prison video lands warders in the dock

Three prison officers in Zimbabwe have been arrested on allegations that they helped film the shocking conditions in two of the country’s prisons for a documentary that was screened to international outrage last week, reports said.

The television documentary, Hell Hole, produced by the SABC, on Wednesday showed scores of skeletal prisoners dressed in rags and reportedly dying of malnutrition and HIV/Aids in filthy institutions without food, medication or basic cleaning materials.

The SABC team said sympathetic warders had been supplied with secret cameras to film conditions in two institutions, Khami prison, in the western city of Bulawayo, and one in the southern border town of Beitbridge.


A police spokesperson quoted in the independent weekly Standard newspaper said warders Thabiso Nyathi, Siyai Muchechedzi and Thembinkosi Nkomo were arrested on Friday on charges under the Official Secrets Act, which prescribes lengthy jail terms for government employees who leak “state secrets”. – Sapa-dpa



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