Prisoner admits to stabbing

A man who killed a prison guard, sparking the alleged s torture of hundreds of prisoners at St Albans in Port Elizabeth in 2005, yesterday wiped away tears as he told a court how he was repeatedly kicked, beaten and assaulted.

Simphiwe Mbena, 44, admitted to stabbing Babini Nqakula in a rage on July 15 2005.

He claimed that Nqakula, the cousin of former safety and security minister Charles Nqakula, had told his mother he was influencing inmates to join prison gangs and was engaging in sodomy.

“I wanted to stab the person who was telling my parents lies,” he said.

Mbena told the Port Elizabeth High Court that it had not been his intention to kill Nqakula.

“I wanted to stab him so that I could be taken to court so that I could reveal what happened. I was not intending to kill him,” Mbena said.

-Lee-Anne Butler

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