This year, in observance of Human Rights Day in South Africa on the 21st of March, team member Mbongiseni Mdakane was invited to REAL Talk with Anele on SABC 3 to discuss life after incarceration and the meaning of rehabilitation and desistance. We are so proud of Bongi, his achievements and all his efforts contributed towards Inside-out!

The Art of Living rehabilitation experiences.

Risking her life in an effort to reform prisoners, a woman goes into Pollsmoor prison.


As “South Africa’s most infamous prison” Pollsmore is usually “the final resort” for many people. “In Pollsmore hard time means precisely that,” but now a new action is being taken with the offenders. “Creative rehabilitation is taking place through the power of television”, usually “time inside is characterised by a rigid monotonous routine”. However now inmates are creating television, “by offenders, for offenders.”


The Number Gangs are a trinity of South African prison gangs feared around the world. Their primary locus is Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison at the foot of Cape Town’s Table Mountain Range, but their reign infiltrates across most South African prisons. Among the number, strict hierarchy commands that each gang holds longstanding roles, from protecting the gang’s code to accumulating wealth to dealing in violence. The most infamous are the 28s. They are the bloodline of the number. In an exclusive insider’s account for issue 22 of one small seed, The Joburg issue, Paul White tells the story of one such gang member of the Pollsmoor 28s. His name is Joburg. The one small seed tv crew went along on the day of the photo shoot and interviewed Joburg to get an upclose and personal on this captivating story.


Overcrowding in Mthatha prison


Beneath a system under strain in SA prisons is an approach in theory geared heavily towards rehabilitation. But as CCTV’s Guy Henderson reports from Kimberley, it’s proving hard to implement.


This short documentary shows a group of perpetrators of rape incarcerated in South Africa’s Pollsmoor Prison going through a rehabilitation program aimed at trying to change their thinking about rape, women and themselves.


Private prisons provide an efficient alternative to the overburdened state system.
South African jails were infamous for their appalling conditions. That all changed when a private security firm took over control of two prisons, changing them into ideal rehabilitation centres. However, in a poor country with one of the highest prison populations how practical is this new, expensive solution?