Prisoners moved due to fire near Worcester


Prisoners from the Brandvlei prison near Worcester were moved to neighboring prisons due to a fire in the surrounding mountains.

According to the Department of Justice and Correctional Services, inmates were moved to the Medium B section as a precaution against smoke inhalation. It was not disclosed how many prisoners were moved, but according to the department no prisoners or other persons were injured in the fire. Staff’s residences on the premises were also not damaged.

Stores near the prison were indeed damaged in the fire. Justice and Correctional Services Minister Roland Lamola will visit the prison on Tuesday.

Anesca Roodt, spokesperson for the Cape Wineland District Municipality, said at 20:30 on Monday evening that the fire at Brandvlei was burning out of control and that it was currently raging on the grounds of the Brandvlei prison.

“There is currently no threat to the safety of the prison, staff or prisoners.”

Roodt said the Cape Wineland District Municipality’s fire services, and teams and vehicles from the Breede Valley Municipality’s fire brigade teams are engaged in active firefighting.