Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
A 57-year-old father's refusal to accept that the law has more rights over his daughters than he has drove him to try and commit suicide.
Witty Malapane allegedly locked himself in his house, swallowed broken glass and then set the house alight.
But when it became too hot, he jumped out of a window in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Malapane, of Violetbank Trust near Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga, allegedly told his three daughters on Monday that "rights belonged to President Thabo Mbeki and would not be practised in his house".
He was allegedly angry and used a hammer to break all the windows in his house.
Police arrested him on charges of malicious damage to property.
The Bushbuckridge magistrate's court released Malapane on warning later the same day. He was told to appear again on June 14.
He went home, but refused to eat when his wife offered him food.
"The man was very angry and would not eat," his wife Rabina Selepe said.
Violetbank civic association chairman Elmon Leyane said yesterday: "He told his family that they should practise their rights at President Mbeki's home because the new South Africa gave impossible rights to children."
He said Malapane's daughters told him that they would do as they pleased, and that included going out with men at any time they felt like it, because they have rights.
The family became frightened when Malapane told them that they could practise their rights in his house after his death and threatened them with violence.
Bushbuckridge police spokesman Nyiko Maluleke said yesterday: "The wife and daughters ran away from home on Monday evening and stayed with relatives.
"The accused tried to commit suicide by swallowing broken bottles as well as burning down his house," said Maluleke.
When Selepe returned home on Tuesday morning, she found neighbours surrounding the house.
Malapane was lying on the ground and groaning with the pain of his self-inflicted injuries.
He was taken to the Mapulaneng Hospital where he is now under police guard.
Police have opened another case of malicious damage to property against Malapane.