Prisons renamed to invoke hope

By Drum Digital
11 April 2013

Renaming prisons should help transform them into centres of hope, the correctional services department said on Thursday.

"Minister Sibusiso Ndebele says that the renaming of correctional centres must assist in transforming places of incarceration to centres of hope and second chances," spokesman Logan Maistry said in a statement.

President Jacob Zuma officially renamed the Pretoria Central Prison Kgosi Mampuru II Management Area on Wednesday.

Kgosi Mampuru was hanged on November 22, 1883, at the Pretoria prison for public violence.

The National Development Plan (NDP) encouraged the actions of departments to be human rights centred, Maistry said.

"For example, the name of Qalakabusha Correctional Centre in KwaZulu-Natal means a place to start over, or new beginnings, and is largely seen by the community where it is located as such," Maistry said.

Last month, Ndebele performed a symbolic release from Robben Island of 12 prisoners whose remains had not been found for more than 40 years.

In January, the department arranged a meeting between the 1996 Worcester bombing victims and the youngest bomber, at the Pretoria Central Prison.

The Worcester bombing occurred on Christmas Eve in 1996. Four people, three of them children, died and 67 people were injured.

-by Sapa

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