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Special Report Transcript Episode 58, Section 3, Time 09:26
It doesn’t matter if its black or white when one walks into the gallows room it’s absolutely professional. You don’t think about white or black. One could say that it was holy, you respected that place. // Warrant Officer Johan Steynberg escorted condemned prisoners to their death for over two years. On Tuesday Khumalo, McBride and Steynberg gave the Truth and Reconciliation Commission a realistic account of life and death behind these walls at Pretoria Maximum Security Prison. In her submission to the TRC McBride says that Pretoria Maximum Security Prison was a prison designed for death. Its sole purpose was to imprison persons condemned to death, clothe them, feed them and keep them whole until they were killed. She also urged the TRC to investigate the racist manner in which the death penalty had been imposed.
Notes: John Steynberg (Former death row warder); Gallows room; Pretoria Maximum Security Prison
Johannesburg J.S. STEINBERG