In a report, the Constitutional Court judge, Edwin Cameron, and his law clerks, state that they were deeply shocked by the extent of overcrowding, unsanitary conditions, sickness and emaciated physical appearance of the detainees, among others they witnessed during the visit to Pollsmoor prison.
Pollsmoor, which is located in the up-market suburb of Tokai, Cape Town, has about 8 000 prisoners and consists of the remand centre, women's centre, three facilities for prisoners who have been found guilty -- Medium A, B and C -- and two community corrections offices.
The judge's team found that the remand centre was "extremely overcrowded at over 300 percent capacity." "There is no question that each of the five centres is overcrowded. But the remand detention centre's overcrowding problem is extreme," says the report.
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