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Diepkloof Prison

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Unity Submitted on the 2012/01/10 09:16:39
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I just got not one but two phone calls from the man that they assume had killed his dad.

I promised to visit, not because I care for this person, but because deep within my heart I know that his dad loved him so much no matter what he has or has not done.

So as I am getting things together for him, I am hoping that I can keep my cool.

Will add more in after the visit.

As I understand from him, anything I bring to him must be in see through plastic bags.

He has asked for the following:

Morvite
Air time
Money
Jeans
T.shirts
undies
socks
two double bed sheets
cigarettes
toothbrush
bath soap

I am assuming that he would need so much more, but for the first visit I am hoping that I take the correct items.
Visiting times for him are between 7am until 11am, I have read on line and it seems that each visit only lasts 10minutes.
Now after phoning another friend that I haven't spoken to in years, her son was also in Diepkloof better known as 'SUNCITY'... she has a few tips for me and ideas on what to take with.








It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.


Unity Submitted on the 2012/01/19 08:24:12
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Well after my visit, some guy has phoned me asking me to please phone a number of a good lawyer. I must help get X out of prison.
I mean it is not my duty to do that, I did this out of respect for our late friend.

Since this I have found a list of SLANG terms used ( will add more as I find them )



It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.


Unity Submitted on the 2012/01/19 08:26:30
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Glossary of Terms

The following words and phrases are commonly used in South African Prisons and over time they become part of the everyday vocabulary…

Air force: prison gang who’s members are set on trying to escape from custody
Allchange: all inmates must go to their cells immediately.
Awe: a greeting.

Bandiet: convicted inmate.
Bandietskap: sentence.
BB: (Best Blend) the most common brand of tobacco smoked and traded in prison.
Big five: prison gang of squealers, pimps and cowards who at all times run to tell stories to the authorities with inmate secrets…
Blom: to sit around waiting…patiently waiting…
Bloubaaitjie: a prisoner serving a long term sentence of more than 25years. Also refers to repeat offenders spending the majority of their lives in prison.
Bol: about 15 to twenty “box’s”.
Bom: the isolation cells in all prisons used for punishment.
Bomb: illegal device built in prison to make hot water…
Bone: mirror polishing ones shoes.
Bovalights: prison issue black shoes.
Box: a varying amount of “weed” neatly wrapped in paper. In some prisons it equals a matchbox quantity or a cold drink cap.
Brah: friend or brother.
Bushy: a coloured person.




It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.


Unity Submitted on the 2012/01/19 08:35:14
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Check: the newspaper used to roll cigarettes and zol.
Cheesekop: shaving ones head.
Cooker: an inmate working in the kitchen.
DCS: Department correctional services
Darkie: a black person.
Donkiepiel: the batten carried by guards for volatile situation and for pointing…
Fishtank: a visiting room with glass dividing the inmate from his visitors.
Folla: the lining up in pairs at the beginning and end of each day by inmates for counting.
Fraans: non gang members



It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.


Unity Submitted on the 2012/01/19 08:35:41
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Gamla: a person perceived to be rich. Also refers to people receiving regular visits and support from their people or family…
Garra-garra: see “mbamba”
Gas: electricity.
Gatta: name used in reference to guards (members, boer)
Gila: the made up package of valuables. See “up”
Gita: gentleman (pronounced djita)
Gomba: the truck or van used to transport inmates.
Gunlight: a normal cigarette lighter.
Hola: it means “hi” or “hallo”
Isinyonga: illegal power wires i.e. for connecting ones radio. Usually isolated with plastic from bread bags…
Isolation: see “bom”
Kak: Afrikaans word meaning “****”
Khomba: slang for accusing someone or pointing ones finger at someone.
Khulukhuts: single cells.




It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.


Unity Submitted on the 2012/01/19 08:36:19
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Latla: to make a mistake.
Macarenas: see “Bovalights”.
Mallala-pipes: a poor individual who lived off the streets and never owned much…(a bum)
Mbamba: a type of beer brewed by inmates using either potatoes, apples or peaches and bread to derive the heist necessary for fermentation.
Mbungulu: bed lice
Mix: usually cigarette tobacco used to “mix” with ”weed”
Mkukhu: the hanging of sheets. To close off ones bottom bunk bed with a sheet hanging from the top bed, for some privacy…
Mlunghu: a white person.
Ntwala: lice
Outie: someone who might help one out. Also friend.




It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.


Unity Submitted on the 2012/01/19 08:37:07
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Paptrok: someone who will do anything for “pap”
Phagga: the process of dishing up food.
Pagga: see phagga
Phaggaline: standing in line for food.
Pimp: a person telling stories to the authorities. Usually a member of the “big five” gang.
Poke: to stab someone. Also refers to the sharpened object used to stab someone.
Prisoner: see “bandiet”.
Pypskag: area between sections in prison where pipes usually run
Safe: refers to the stomach or up the rectum… see “up”
Scallo: a complaint or problem.
Scooter: see “shigisha”
Scully: where the food is dished up from.
Selftight: plastic used and stretched for wrapping items used in gilas.
Sharp: meaning “I am fine” or “o.k.”
Shigisha: a rag or piece if blanket used to shuffle along the floor to polish it.
Shortsteps: chains around an inmates ankles to prevent him from running away and giving normal steps.
Skaftin: the container used to have your food dished up in. usually an 2liter ice-cream container used as a plate.
Skelm: the trick referred to when trying to fool someone into believing a story.
Skepper: inmates dishing up food. Also used when receiving a smaller than usual portion of food.
Skholo: the hard crusty layer left in a porridge pot.
Skumba: meeting of gang members.
Skutt: a random search by Gatta’s for illegal items…
Slope: a small amount of tobacco neatly wrapped in paper. It is used to trade with and its equivalent to about 3 “ten’s”
Smokkel: smuggling.
Spin: (pronounced spien) going around prison asking or begging for something in need of i.e. a “slope”, “waste”, coffee, bread exc.
Spottie: a prison issued hat worn by some inmates. Similar to duck hunting caps.
Squat: inmates usually line up in rows in a squatted position during counting
Straf: sentence.
Stupa: making a fingerprint of ones thumb on official documents.



It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.


Unity Submitted on the 2012/01/19 08:37:41
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Ten: a small amount of tobacco used in rolling a check cigarette.
Ticket: the prison ticket identifying an inmate with all his personal details i.e. sentence term, charge, thumb print exc.
Twenty: a sealed packet of cigarettes, usually Peter Stuyvesant.
Twenty eight: prison gang of homosexuals
Twenty six: prison gang of thieves and robbers
Up: a tricky process of hiding items of importance i.e. drugs or money wrapped in cling wrap… it is deposited in the safest place in prison – the owners ass…
Werk: “to werk someone” (to con someone)
Waste: a roll of toilet paper.
Weed: cannabis.
Wetslaan: practicing gangsterism.
Zol: dagga or weed.





It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.


Unity Submitted on the 2012/01/19 08:38:48
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These are to name a few, then there are also coded name given. Will be adding that in later.



It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.


Unity Submitted on the 2012/10/15 21:43:58
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It seems to me more drugs are in these prisons than what there out on our streets.



It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.


Unity Submitted on the 2012/11/21 07:20:24
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It seems that daily a new phrase or term is added into the word list, simply to out fox the guards etc.





It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.


Unity Submitted on the 2015/10/23 21:59:25
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Got snail mail from X... telling me his side of the story.



It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.


Unity Submitted on the 2018/03/20 23:28:28
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They moved him to a prison somewhere in the Cape.



It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.


Unity Submitted on the 2019/02/25 19:42:37
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Got mail from X the other day, says he is adjusting and learning a trade.
I still haven't replied...



It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.


Unity Submitted on the 2020/06/14 19:13:12
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I hope that the people in this prison are been taken care of during the lockdown.

I am aware no visitors, but hope that they have masks etc...




It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.


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