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S.Africa Prison Gangs Use AIDS Rape as Punishment
Thu November 21, 2002 02:07 PM ET
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African prison gangs are using HIV infection as punishment, ordering gang members carrying the AIDS virus to rape disobedient inmates in a ritual known as "slow puncture," officials said Thursday.

A spokesman for the Judicial Inspectorate of Prisons confirmed that the new practice first came to light about six months ago and was believed to be spreading.

The inspectorate's director Gideon Morris told a government commission on Wednesday that the rape would be carried out by one person, or sometimes several.

"They give him a 'slow puncture', meaning he will die over a period of time," Morris said. "It's a new phenomenon."

South Africa has the highest number of people living with HIV in the world, with about 4.8 million people, or one in nine of the country's population of 42 million, infected with the virus which causes AIDS.

Morris' testimony on the ritual was put before the Jali Commission, an inquiry board set up last year to look into allegations of corruption and mismanagement in South Africa's prison network.

Department of Corrections spokesman Russel Mamabolo said department officials could not comment, and would await the commission's findings before mounting their own investigation.

"This information is still allegations at this stage," Mamabolo said.

The opposition Democratic Alliance issued a statement Thursday calling on the government to provide all prisons with anti-retroviral drugs to treat HIV infections -- in part to reduce health costs.

"At the very least, prisoners who are raped should have access to anti-retroviral treatment to prevent them from getting infected with the HIV virus. However, it also makes sense to prevent HIV-positive prisoners from developing full-blown AIDS," said Mike Ellis, the party's spokesman for correctional services.

The South African government has been criticized for its reluctance to provide universal access to anti-retrovirals, citing safety and cost grounds.

Morris said it was difficult to say whether AIDS was now the chief cause of death in South African prisons, noting that many prisoners who die of AIDS are listed as dying of natural causes.

He did note, however, that the number of inmates dying of natural causes in jail has risen sharply over the past seven years, jumping from 186 in 1995 to 1,169 last year.

South Africa currently has about 179,000 people in prison, making it second only to the United States in the number of inmates per capita.
 

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Maybe Feldman can elaborate? Crazy South Africans.

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Or, maybe they should segregate the infected from the noninfected, and then it won't matter who gets punctured.
 

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Well I'll add this to the reasons NOT to commit a crime while I'm in this country!!! Yesh... sick bastards...
 

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Talk about a new meaning for the term "Donkey Punch". Or maybe a new term, "Donkey Punch Royale".
 
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