FACTSHEET: The state of South Africa’s prisons

South Africa’s most famous ex-prisoner wrote in his autobiography that “no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails”. In this factsheet, we provide data to show what’s going on inside South African prisons.

Report reveals concerning statistics on implementation of the Protection of Information Act (PAIA )

An annual report by the Access to Information Network (ATI Network) revealed that nearly half (46%) of access to information requests submitted by ATI Network members were either actively denied or denied as a result of requests being ignored. The ATI Network is comprised of civil society organisations, including: Right2Know, amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism and the Wits Justice Project.

Court slams Pollsmoor’s awaiting trial facility for inhumane conditions

The Western Cape High Court decided on Monday that the conditions in Pollsmoor Remand (awaiting trial) detention facility are unconstitutional. Lawyers for Human Rights and Sonke Gender Justice filed the complaint with the court, claiming that the severe overcrowding – the facility is approximately 300 % over its capacity – and inhumane conditions should be condemned by the court and addressed by government.