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Hostage drama at Mangaung Correctional Centre - doctor held
15:53 (GMT+2) Mon, 19 Nov 2012

Lani Fouché

Bloemfontein - A hostage drama is playing out at the Mangaung Correctional Centre outside Bloemfontein.
Free State police spokesperson Thabo Litabe confirmed that two inmates, who cannot be identified at this stage, are currently holding a doctor with knives inside the prison. It started at about 10:30.
They are demanding to be transferred to a prison in Gauteng. Litabe says a nurse was initially held hostage with the doctor, but she has meanwhile been released unharmed.

The police task force and hostage negotiators are at the scene and attempting to defuse the situation.

Litabe says the one inmate is doing time for rape, and the other for robbery, theft and unlawful possession of fire arms.

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