R500m prison for Port Shepstone

2011-06-30 21:03
Port Shepstone - Planning for a R500m prison for KwaZulu-Natal’s Port Shepstone has started, the Hibiscus Coast municipal manager said on Thursday.

"We are very excited about the project because we believe that it will bring major economic spinoffs for our area," Sbu Mkhize told Sapa after a council meeting in Port Shepstone.

Building a prison had been on the government's drawing board since 2002.

"Former president Thabo Mbeki announced that Port Shepstone, together with other five areas would have prisons. The process in other areas is in a very advanced stage, but here it lagged behind."

The land the municipality bought for the construction of the prison had been found to be unsuitable.

"There is now no commitment from the department and we will soon have a meeting where this matter is going to be discussed."

According to a report presented during the council meeting, the correctional services department recently reaffirmed its commitment to building a prison.

The correctional services and public works departments and the municipality would discuss the matter, Mkhize said.

Port Shepstone's existing prison was too small and old.

“We believe that the community will not oppose the construction of the prison, because it will be more secure than the one that we have. It will also create jobs and hundreds of prison officials will settle here.”

The Democratic Alliance's South Coast constituency chairperson Dough Rawlins said his party was excited about the project.

“We all agree that the prison is good for our area.”

Read more on:    prisons

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

There is a strong desire to be socially significant in some way. There is a tendency to push or force your innovative ideas,...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.