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The Misery Merchants - Life And Death In A Private South African Prison (Paperback) Loot Price: R209
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The Misery Merchants - Life And Death In A Private South African Prison (Paperback)

Ruth Hopkins

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The Misery Merchants is a hard-hitting exposť of G4S, the company running one of South Africa’s private prisons in Mangaung. Hopkins presents up-close encounters with the gangs who run the prisons, and a unique insight into the minds of the men on the torture squad, who doused inmates with water before electrocuting them, and in some cases, strapped down ‘unruly’ prisoners and forced anti-psychotic medicines into their systems.

In the Free State of Ace Magashule, both the gangs and the prison bosses competed to run Mangaung Prison, one of South Africa’s few private prisons. Torture and forced medication were the order of the day. Hopkins, a seasoned journalist, has interviewed over 100 prisoners and many prison warders in order to understand what makes this prison so dysfunctional. Her insights and revelations will astonish you.

This book follows several characters who were held in or worked at the prison. L. is a prison gang general and an advocate for prisoners’ rights. He smuggled information on assaults, injections and corruption out of the prison for the author. Dan is a prison guard and a shop steward for the union. He led the workforce during two strikes and paid for it with his job and union membership. Setlai is a Department of Correctional Services official who blew the whistle on the abuse at Mangaung Prison in 2009. His reports were ignored and he was punished for speaking out. He was criminally charged and moved to another DCS post. Shakes is a member of the Emergency Security Team (EST) also known as the Ninjas. He engaged in torture and abuse but now feels ‘what we did was wrong’.

G4S is the largest security company in the world, and has its claws deep in SA’s government and private companies. Drive down any street and you’ll find a G4S van collecting or delivering money.

General

Imprint: Jacana Media
Country of origin: South Africa
Release date: 11 May 2020
Authors: Ruth Hopkins
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 23mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 283
ISBN-13: 978-1-4314-2936-3
Categories: Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Crime & criminology
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Emergency services
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political control & freedoms
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political corruption
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Crime & criminology > Penology & punishment
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Emergency services > Police & security services
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political control & freedoms > Human rights
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Crime & criminology > Penology & punishment > Prisons
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LSN: 1-4314-2936-8
Barcode: 9781431429363

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