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- When the drafters of South Africa's interim Constitution decided to guaranteeing the human dignity of prisoners, they were, no doubt, looking backwards, at the apartheid era that had just passed. Nobody contested the inclusion of the provision. prison conditions under apartheid were horrendous. After the African National Congress government took office, South African prisons had an official capacity of 96 361, and an actual prison population of 116 846. Prison construction had not come close to matching the swelling numbers; levels of overcrowding
had increased by 40%. What had happened during the first ten years of democracy?