What’s life like in a South African prison?

Updated 5:44 AM EST, Mon March 3, 2014

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South Africa's prisons are generally overcrowded, says the Wits Justice Project

Some single cells house two or three inmates, and ventilation is often poor

Lockdowns keep prisoners cooped up in cells for long periods

A stuffy, overcrowded cell. At times, two or three men to a single bunk. Lockdown for 23 out of 24 hours.

Is this what awaits South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius if he is found guilty of premeditated murder in the death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year?

Some of South Africa’s prisons are better than others.

But whichever one might house Pistorius, there’s no question that conditions would be a far cry from those in his $560,000 home in the luxury Silverwoods Estate, on the outskirts of Pretoria.