Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
Aids is South Africa's tenth biggest natural killer, Statistics South Africa's report Mortality and Causes of Death in South Africa, 2005: Findings from Death Notification found.
The number of deaths increased by 3,3percent, which the researchers said could partly be attributed to improvements in death registration and population growth.
Tuberculosis caused the most natural deaths (12,5percent) followed by influenza and pneumonia (7,7percent) and then intestinal infectious diseases (4,8percent).
"This release covers mortality and causes of death broadly, and hence does not focus specifically on HIV and Aids. It does, however, provide indirect evidence that HIV might be contributing to the increase in the level of mortality for prime-aged adults, given the increase in the number of deaths due to associated diseases. The data captured through this exercise can contribute to detailed studies in which the incidence of deaths due to Aids-related conditions is estimated," the report said.
The data indicated the death rates of the leading natural killers was on the increase, with HIV-related deaths increasing by 8,1percent from 2004 to 2005. Diabetes mellitus was another disease that statistics showed should be given priority.
The report is not entirely depressing as it indicated that unnatural deaths were decreasing. The data showed that 91percent of South Africans died from natural causes.