die in SA detention centre
TWO Zimbabweans – one of them a pregnant woman – have died
under unclear circumstances while awaiting deportation at the Lindela
detention centre in South Africa, a senior Zimbabwe consular official
in Johannesburg, confirmed yesterday.
In a telephone interview, the official said the two died on Monday and
Tuesday last week.
“I can confirm that a man and a woman reported to have been pregnant,
died at the centre last week.. We understand that the man was suddenly
taken ill and began vomiting blood before he died. We are still to establish
the full details of the incidents and will be going there (Lindela) tomorrow
(today) to investigate the matter,” the official told Chronicle
The official withheld the identities of the deceased as their next of
kin were yet to be informed.
“Our first priority is to make sure their families are notified.
We will then establish the circumstances surrounding their deaths. At
the moment their bodies are still at Lindela,” said the official.
Reports from Johannesburg yesterday said the woman died from complications
after allegedly failing to get proper medical attention.
They said the clinic at Lindela – a holding camp housing thousands
of illegal immigrants awaiting deportation – was illequipped to
handle serious cases.
According to the reports, there is rampant abuse of detainees who live
in dehumanising conditions in overcrowded cells at the centre, just outside