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Renaming prisons not political - minister

2011-04-12 21:07

Cape Town - Plans to rename prisons was not about honouring political leaders, Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said on Tuesday.

"There has recently been criticism from certain sections of our society of the process of renaming centres that we announced earlier this year," she told the National Assembly during debate on her budget vote.

"It is unfortunate that some among us have adopted a simplistic view that this is being done at the expense of more pressing issues that need our attention given the challenges of the department. We do not agree," she said.

The public campaign for renaming corrections centres was designed as a public awareness campaign to galvanise communities and to get them to discuss the work of correctional services and rehabilitation.

"We are bringing communities to identify with the activities of the centres where they live, to make those centres part of the community and to associate with them.

"Contrary to the impression that is being created this campaign is not about naming these centres after political leaders."

Although submissions had been received including names of political leaders, the "inclination is more towards names that bring hope and identifies with our objective of second chances for both the offenders and the community".

"We have always given the example of the Qalakabusha Correctional Centre [meaning to start over] as one of the names that represent the notion of second chances and encourages a positive outlook to the purpose of the centre in the community," Mapisa-Nqakula said.

Comments
  • Derek Gerber - 2011-04-12 21:12

    Why not rename it! Start by changing Westville prison to Shabir Shaik House

      goyougoodthing - 2011-04-12 21:41

      He would have needed to spend time there for this to be a valid name :-)

      Sedick - 2011-04-12 22:10

      Here are a few names: Zuma Correctional Facility, Block Correctional Facility, Shaik Correctional Facility, Yengeni Correctional Facility, Boesak Correctional Facility, Joe Modise Correctional Facility, Selebi Correctional Facility, Winnie Correctional Facility, AND the biggest one of all ANC Correctional Facility........

  • gizzy - 2011-04-12 21:38

    I'm all for these prisons being named after all the criminals sitting in parliament. Starting with the head honcho (Zuma). We would have to build more prisons to name after them. There are less prisons than parliamentary criminals at the moment.

  • gizzy - 2011-04-12 21:38

    I'm all for these prisons being named after all the criminals sitting in parliament. Starting with the head honcho (Zuma). We would have to build more prisons to name after them. There are less prisons than parliamentary criminals at the moment.

  • Ripley - 2011-04-12 22:19

    Appropriate that the new names will all be African (as is the case with renamed cities and streets) - 97.5% of the inmates will then be able to identify with the new names.

  • Macho Mike - 2011-04-12 22:32

    Start with the first prison - it's called Parliment.Just simply call this the Cape Town Correction Facility for the Elite - CATOCOFEL for short.......Bloemfontein will become BLOCOFEL, and Pretoria PRECOFEL.

  • Badballie - 2011-04-13 07:28

    what a load of rot, do these idiots really believe the b*llsh*t they spew?? or do they just believe that the black majority are really that stupid?

  • Stanton - 2011-04-13 08:00

    Name change = Waste of money = Bribes=corruption ==== ANC

  • Stanton - 2011-04-13 08:00

    Name change = Waste of money = Bribes=corruption ==== ANC

  • LadyJJ - 2011-04-13 09:25

    No matter what the name of the prison is it is still a prison ....people go there because they did wrong not for a vacation

  • logical007 - 2011-04-13 10:54

    lets rename the Union Buildings while we at it - to FURNITURE CITY..... Lots of "Lazy Buoys' in side!

  • Zupta - 2011-04-13 14:20

    Nq kak ula don't u have better things to do with ur time and taxpayers money. Vote DA

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