Practice Relating to Rule 87. Humane Treatment
Section D. Persons deprived of their liberty
South Africa’s LOAC Manual (1996) states: “Soldiers who have surrendered or who are in the control of the enemy … must be protected.”
South Africa’s Revised Civic Education Manual (2004) states: “Treatment of POWs [prisoners of war] must always be humane.”
The manual also provides that prisoners of war are entitled to “[p]rotection against abuse”.
Furthermore, the manual provides that the mistreatment of prisoners of war is a grave breach of the law of armed conflict and a war crime.