As of January 31 there were 4303 children in South
African prisons. That month, after problems at home, Justice, 15, ran away
from a small mining town southwest of Johannesburg and ended up in Hillbrow.
There, in the early hours of March 15, he was arrested by police for being in
possession of housebreaking implements four pieces of spark plug. These seemingly innocuous fragments of
porcelain are used to break car windows. Possession of them is a serious offence.
The public prosecutor opposed bail on the grounds that as a runaway Justice had
no address to go to. So the Grade 8 pupil was remanded to the overcrowded
juvenile section of notorious Johannesburg Prison, better known as