What consequences does this have for detainees?

Dire conditions of detention, such as at Pollsmoor Remand, have potential emotional, psychological and physical effects on detainees.

Overcrowding makes it difficult to prevent the transmission of TB, as the ventilation is so poor and it is impractical to separate sick detainees from healthy detainees.

It is also makes it hard to separate predatory detainees from sexually vulnerable detainees, making it harder to prevent sexual violence in prison. This in turn increases the opportunity for HIV and STI transmission.