n Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg - Delictual liability of prison authorities for contagious diseases among inmates
2011 6 SA 564 (WCC); 2012 3 SA 617 (SCA) : regspraak

Volume 2013, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0257-7747
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2207



The facts, very briefly, were as follows: the plaintiff was detained in a maximum security prison for a period of approximately four and a half years. While he was incarcerated, he became ill and was diagnosed as suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis (TB). After the plaintiff's release from prison, he instituted an action for damages against the defendant on the basis that the defendant's servants at the prison had by their conduct, whether acting with or negligently, caused him to become infected with TB.

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