Inmates at the Kutama-Sinthumule maximum security prison in Makhado, Limpopo have been moved to a safe zone after some sections of the prison caught fire on Monday.  

The blaze reportedly broke out in the kitchen section in the afternoon. It has affected the maintenance section and two blocks.

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The prison houses 1 892 inmates and 1 132 of them live at the yellow centre which is not affected by the fire.  

Kutama-Sinthumule maximum security prison catches fire
Prison doors

Spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo said the inmates had been moved to a safe zone. 

“The emergency services are on-site extinguishing fire, the actual cause of the fire is yet to be established,” he said. 

“Critical at the moment is to protect lives and ensure that the fire is extinguished completely. Security has also been reinforced in order to ensure that the situation is controlled,” added Nxumalo.


No injuries have been reported. Emergency services were extinguishing a fire at the facility in Makhado Louis Trichardt.

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