The Department of Correctional Services has confirmed that an inmate has been stabbed to death by another at the Leeuwkop Medium B Correctional Centre in Johannesburg.

The department says an internal investigation will be launched to determine whether the incident was gang related.

Correctional Services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo says, “We can put it on record that there was an incident at the Leeuwkop correctional facility Medium B yesterday, it’s a stabbing case. Unfortunately it led to one of the inmates losing his life.”

“It’s something that has disturbed us as the department. We want to assure the public that we will do whatever it takes to ensure that we maintain high level of standard and security in our centers,” adds Nxumalo.