A Thohoyandou Correctional Facility inmate in Limpopo attempted to commit suicide during a raid on Friday morning.
The inmate started cutting himself all over his body with a razor in the presence of the Acting National Commissioner of Correctional Services, Makgothi Thobakgale and SABC cameras.
The inmate was found in possession of drugs and a cellphone. He immediately produced a razor and started cutting himself, including on the neck.
He lost a lot of blood and was taken away for medical attention. Acting Commissioner Thobakgale says, “It doesn’t often happen but as I indicated that is why we are doing the search. We do these searches to make it a point that we take away those objects that they use such things. If we don’t search, we won’t be able to discover those things. He was probably going to do it in our absence. Today we saved a life by coming here to do this.”