“You lay like this. The other is in shock. They didn’t consider, right, there’s old people; there’s people with HIV and AIDS. There’s people with diabetes; there’s people with TB; there’s people with lots of sickness. There’s blood all over. I was covered in blood, I was covered in human waste. Not my own – from other people. I had to lay there for four hours, like that. Other prisoners were beaten between their testicles with batons,” he says, adding: “There’s people now who are walking with pee bags by their legs. They can’t even pee now.”
South Africa holds wonders that all should make an effort to see but there’s a face that reminiscent of the historical description ‘Darkest Africa’. I recently had another run in with shoddy police. I’ll write about that soon enough but in the meanwhile read this excellent article (about the fight for justice for prisoners tortured in Port Elizabeth), by Mandy De Vaal at The Daily Maverick.