Prisons renamed to invoke hope, dept says

2013-04-11 16:57

Johannesburg - 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," spokesperson 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 22 November 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.

  • LĂ©viter Au-dessus des Montagnes-Bleues - 2013-04-11 17:02

    It seems a bit like telling billions of people around the world that once you've killed sufficient Christians and invaded and transformed their nations and converted the Cathedrals with minarets that you'll slither around on a silver cloud with 72 vestal virgins!

      Democrazy - 2013-04-11 17:24


      Francois Smith - 2013-04-11 18:11

      Where is the PWGW prison going to be? Ciskei?

      M0le - 2013-04-12 02:37

      @%@% sakes the anc are stupid. They cant think further than their nostrils.

  • Kosie Nel - 2013-04-11 17:08

    The McBride prison, the Selebi prison, etc, etc!!

  • Bruce Whane - 2013-04-11 17:09

    Renaming prisons to give inmates hope. I wonder if a prisoner sentenced to life will feel hopeful because of a new name above the door. What a load of crap and wastage of taxpayers money!

      Phillie Jansen van Vuuren - 2013-04-11 18:21

      Unluckily that is the how they think when you believe the tokoloshi will sort you out and the sangoma and zambuk will prevent bullets

  • Albert Prinsloo - 2013-04-11 17:09

    I did not bother to read the article, but reading the headline...mmm, lets then just change the name of SA and all the shyt will disappear. Now that's how you solve problems ANC style, why did we never have this brain wave before?? Like so many readers are saying...this really is one hell of a show!!!

      Thadelphukem - 2013-04-11 17:20

      Um, thats as stupid as changing the word 'crime', to say 'happiness' instead... At least then the headlines could read: More South Africans are becoming daily victims of 'happiness', or SA has become a 'happiness' hot-spot... Sounds better but ultimately changes nothing!!! So a prison will always be a prison... Another completely pointless plan and a waste of money our money by the cANCer...

  • Philip - 2013-04-11 17:21

    The Jacob Zuma prison for incurable corruption. Sounds a good one to me.

  • Democrazy - 2013-04-11 17:23

    I don't mean to be synical but the whole point of a prison is to keep criminals away from the luxuiaries law abiding citizens enjoy. Sure, second chances, but how the heck is a name going to do that?

      Jaap van Rensburg - 2013-04-11 17:34

      Yessss! 2nd chance to rape, steal and murder again!

      Chibuli - 2013-04-11 17:41

      I don't believe in "second chances". Do the victims of violent crime (e.g. murder) have a second chance? No, so why should the perpetrators?

  • Petri Wessels - 2013-04-11 17:33

    they can change the prison names to what ever they want, i only know Pretoria central,now to get to my point should a prison not rather be invoking fear rather than hope, i mean the more scared you are of going to prison the more hope you will have for your future.

  • Johan Opperman - 2013-04-11 17:38

    I don't think any prisoner being gang-raped by a group of fellow inmates is going to worry about the name of the place. Neither will a guy serving life behind bars. Place of hope, as in "I HOPE this time it's me the president is letting go free despite the multiple murders I committed".

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2013-04-11 17:38

    Well Sheraton Hotel is already taken. What about Pretoria Hell-hole?

  • Gerhard Lammerinks - 2013-04-11 17:44

    Strange all must be named after criminals and that what's they there, to be famous commit a crime and something will be named after you. So how do these criminals wants democratic SUID AFRIKA

  • Gremlin - 2013-04-11 17:45

    Lets call it " guess how isn't coming home doo daa doodaa "

  • Stinky Spice - 2013-04-11 17:56

    Awesome, all will be better now. What visionary thinking. God bless.

  • George Pito - 2013-04-11 18:03

    Yes call the prisons black names as this fit in very nicely to the problem

  • Jacques Loots - 2013-04-11 18:04

    Colossal waste of money, bring back the the gallows and give hope to the victims of violent crime

  • Amanda Grobler - 2013-04-11 18:07

    and that's gone cost money! oe e e!

  • George Pito - 2013-04-11 18:08

    I suppose the Mamparra was an inmate for several years so rename it to it. The how about the Clive Derby Lewis Centre of double standards

  • Warren Carne - 2013-04-11 18:39

    If a prison is deemed to be a 'management area' does that mean police stations are 'un management' areas #just asking

  • Brian Muzofa - 2013-04-11 18:59

    Nkosi Mampara the king of Mamparas

  • Bacela - 2013-04-11 19:46

    I wonder how much this is going to cost the state. People still get robbed at Nelson Mandela Boulevard, you know

  • Mashudu Matamela - 2013-04-11 19:49

    A prison can't be a center of hope. It is a center of hope for those who corrupted because that is the place where they relax and think about their fortunes.

  • Patricia Bull - 2013-04-11 19:55

    Please, no more discrimination! We're all dying somehow so let's free all prisoners on medical parole, abolish prisons and go have a nice game of golf?

  • Seun Mogotji - 2013-04-11 20:17

    I did not bother to read the article, but reading the headline...mmm, lets then just change the name of SA and all the shyt will disappear. Now that's how you solve problems ANC style, why did we never have this brain wave before?? Like so many readers are saying...this really is one hell of a show!!!

  • Sidwell 'Feesh' Francis - 2013-04-11 21:16

    Hahhahahahhaa,,,kanti what is wrong with these ANC cadres?what nonsense are they smoking?ai no,the season of reasoning is surely dead in this political party...

  • NewsNut - 2013-04-12 06:24

    Talking crap prisons ar hell you go there and get out worse thy tech you to stell more and get more!cANCer!

  • Steven Melville Armour - 2013-04-12 06:26

    What a blerry joke.Why not rename alexandria Sandton Extn?

  • Trevor Dale - 2013-04-13 08:54

    Man this government is good at renaming things, sadly, that's where it stops, no further effort to maintain, improve or develop further. The Ministers should change their names, the names of their kids and wifes on a regular basis to ensure they become idols of hope...

  • Willem de Haan - 2013-06-14 20:41

    And what about adding some edifying slogan such as Arbeit macht frei or, Per aspera ad astra or, nil desperandum or, we shall overcome? Would be great for the morale.

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