Golden Miles Bhudu profile

Human rights of prisoners activist, Golden Miles Bhudu.

Golden Miles Bhudu is a South African prisoners’ rights activist. The 62-year-old is best known for his talks about prison rights and life behind bars.

Miles wanted to be a teacher and then a politician. After two years of unemployment, he ransacked a warehouse in the small gold town of Nigel in Gauteng.

The police arrested him, and the court sentenced him to prison. He stayed in the correctional facility for almost seven years. He got parole offers but declined.

Miles chose to remain in prison because of the condition that he wouldn’t reveal what prison was like to the world.

A few hours before the Wynberg magistrate’s court proceedings, he was in radio interviews and organizing prisoners’ protests that rocked the Baviaanspoort Prison.

The court found him guilty of helping Israeli national Moti Sabag escape.

It occurred during Moti’s transportation to Lindela Repatriation Centre for deportation in 2005. Bhudu made sure everything planned had a smooth execution. Moti thanked him with a car.

Bhudu began a political party, the Corrections and Civil Rights Movement (CCRM), in 2010. The authorities arrested him for putting on a prisoner’s uniform during demonstrations. They released him.

Political and common law prisoners formed the South African Prisoners Organization for Human Rights in Modderbee Prison in 1988.

Bhudu, the Chief Executive Officer of Sapohr, opened a National Office in 1992. Its primary objective is to create a non-racial, non-sexist human rights culture in South Africa.

In 2020, the department of correctional services accused Miles Bhudu and other individuals of instigating inmates to revolt.