Renaming prisons won’t cost a cent – minister

2011-03-07 14:32

 The renaming of South Africa’s prisons would not cost a cent, Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said today.

“There is no cost involved with this. If there’s a need for any form of labour, we will use inmate labour,” she said.

She said communities were invited to send written proposals and to take part in imbizos on the renaming process.

Mapisa-Nqakula wanted the renaming of prisons to bring hope to communities and inmates.

“All indications are that the South African public want to identify with centres that bring hope.

“We need to shift away from the practice of giving facilities names with no meaning.”

She dismissed criticism that the prisons would be named after political figures.

“This is not about human beings; it is about recognition of the cultural diversity of South Africa.”

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