South African sprint runner and Paralympic champion Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius, who was sentenced yesterday (July 6, 2016) in a South African High Court to 6 years imprisonment over the murder of his girlfriend model Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, 2013, is to spend his prison sentence in the notorious Pretoria Central Prison also known as Kgosi Mampuru II.
The 29-year-old athlete was convicted of murder after he fired four shots at Reeva Steenkamp through the bathroom door, who, according to him, he had mistaken for an intruder, will be spending his sentence in a facility where gang member threatens others with rape and can use HIV infection as punishment.
Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre is a large prison located in Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa. According to Wikipedia, the prison was the official site of capital punishment in South Africa during the apartheid era. It has a section called “The Pot” where condemned prisoners are kept. About 7,000 inmates are reported to be in the facility.
Pistorius was reported to have stayed in the hospital section of the Kgosi Mampuru II prison for his initial conviction of culpable manslaughter, during which he spent one year.
It was reported that Khalil Subjee, the leader of a notorious prison gang known as feared 26s gang in Pretoria’s Kgosi Mampuru prison, who has spent 33 years inside the prison facility threatened to take him out just before his original sentencing in 2014.
Pistorius, who was immediately transferred to the prison after being sentenced by the judge, will be allowed to have only his prosthetic legs alongside the standard issue orange prison uniform, although he might have to hand over prosthetic legs to prison staff at night.