Whistle­blowers, ex-inmates and an inves­tiga­tive jour­nalist present a shocking image of the first priva­tised peni­ten­tiary in South Africa. Warders are under­paid, convicts are used as money spinners.
In 2001, the first privately run peni­ten­tiary of South Africa, the Mangaung Prison, was opened. Secu­rity services company G4S, a contro­ver­sial British multi­na­tional, promised to provide the best facil­i­ties and a humane treat­ment – at the lowest rate, obvi­ously. In prac­tice, as demon­strated by leaked surveil­lance videos and witness accounts about exces­sive violence, neglect and unimag­in­able torture, things were quite different. Warders are under­paid and over­loaded and fear for their lives every day. Pris­oners are treated as money spin­ners, keeping them far from reha­bil­i­ta­tion. What are the nega­tive conse­quences of this growing privati­sa­tion trend on society? 


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Title: Prison for Profit
Year: 2019
Duration : 1 hour, 24 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2020

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