Prisons to be renamed

2011-01-23 22:43

Cape Town - Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, minister of correctional services, will rename 11 prisons to honour, among others, former freedom fighters who were held in these prisons during apartheid.

The prisons marked for name changes are currently all named after places, but according to the department this is "inappropriate" in the new South Africa, and the association with the apartheid government and the country's "sad past" should be eradicated.

In half-page advertisements in the Sunday papers, Mapisa-Nqakula invited the public to submit written proposals for the renaming of the Barberton, Modimolle, Johannesburg, Pretoria Central, Leeuwkop, St Albans, East London, Pollsmoor, Kroonstad, Durban Westville and Pietermaritzburg prisons.

The advertisements state that name changes will "acknowledge important events, geographical interests and personalities associated with the institutions".

Ministerial spokesperson Sonwabo Mbananga confirmed on Sunday that the department did not budget for the name changes which Mapisa-Nqakula will reveal on Human Rights Day, on March 21. The expenses will only be calculated and announced at a later stage.

According to James Selfe, DA MP and member of the parliamentary portfolio committee for corrective services, these costs cannot be justified if the enormous challenges facing the department are taken into account.

"It's typical of the minister to be obsessive about names, instead of tackling corruption and the parole system mess."

The name changes are part of Mapisa-Nqakula's "ministerial heritage project" to get rid of the assumption that prisons are "places of penance".

She wants to change the names of all the correctional institutions, and this group is up first, said Mbananga.

The new names should "inspire" the inmates and staff. The emphasis is being shifted to rehabilitation and human rights.

"And what better way to do away with the old, inappropriate names which reminds one of our sad past and replace them with the names of our freedom fighters?

"We want to honour them and that which they fought for. The winds of change are blowing, it is time to transform," Mbananga explained.

When asked if resources shouldn't rather be spent on more urgent matters such as overpopulation (136%), gang violence and fighting corruption, Mbananga answered that name changes are just as urgent.

The proposals from the public have to be submitted by February 4. Public hearings will then take place.


  • dougbal01 - 2011-01-23 23:03

    I am of the opinion that the old names as associated with freedom fighters will be more inspiring to them that a new name. Why would want to name a prison name with someone who fought for freedom where you will imprison people? Logic here should play a part. South Africa should have name changes after 5 years from today after making sure that the justice system is functional. The evil past can remain to remind us where we are coming from than quick to change name. the sad part is that no one tries to write a thesis and make a proper research about what all South African wants. The politician truly imposes on people and sadly the majority have not learnt to think beyond what is being said by a person of 'authority'.

      Peter - 2011-01-24 08:40

      Huh!!!!!!!!!! "sadly the majority have not learnt to think" and other have only learnt to write rubbish.

      Erich - 2011-01-24 13:12

      well said Dough Mbananga is a real moron it seems

  • svrooyen - 2011-01-23 23:13

    Yet more funds wasted on name changes, feed the fu@king poor, send kids to school, pay for medical costs, but don't waste the tax payers money on name changes. If you want "your" peoples names on prisons, streets and hospitals, build new ones, at least that way the money is put to good use, and more infrastructure in place!

      rushi.nortje - 2011-01-24 09:35

      I agree 100%. They always moanng theres no money - Coz their wasting it all!!!!!

      devorickg - 2011-01-24 10:44

      So damn true, look at all the homeless and starving people and also there is so many children that do not have the privilege to go to school to get an education and in later years invest into the country, yet they waste money renaming everything to a African name, that money can be put to better use.

      Ian - 2011-01-24 13:14

      while on that help the floods victims. going off the topic, i hear the minister for social development says the government does not have the needed R20m to help but Zuma just gave the ugandan schools equipment worth R7m. SA

      mmonaledi - 2011-01-24 14:25

      this is true. they could spend this money improving the prisons and maybe just maybe for fun, invest in reform programmes for inmates... i suppose thats not as important as changing the name of the prisons even though the name sakes would probably roll in their graves as the result of being associated with such... specialness all round!

  • Macho Mike - 2011-01-23 23:15

    I have a better idea. Name them after Africa's National Circus - Big Top 1, Big Top 2, Big Top 3, Big Top 4 etc. On the one hand a Minister pleads for more money for flood relief, and on da udda hand a Minister wastes more money with name changes. These clowns do not even perform to the same script. Eish, my head she spins like a Big Top............

      gilliansan - 2011-01-25 08:09

      love it!

  • Macho Mike - 2011-01-23 23:16

    I have a better idea. Name them after Africa's National Circus - Big Top 1, Big Top 2, Big Top 3, Big Top 4 etc. On the one hand a Minister pleads for more money for flood relief, and on da udda hand a Minister wastes more money with name changes. These clowns do not even perform to the same script. Eish, my head she spins like a Big Top............

  • Joe - 2011-01-24 00:11

    Finally a name changing I can agree with: renaming hell-holes after the appropriate terrorists that were housed there. The flappies can take that, with my compliments.

      Ants - 2011-01-24 07:49

      I totally agree with you.

      Shez-y - 2011-01-24 09:26

      Absolutely! They need to be reminded where they were...

      Paul - 2011-01-24 16:13

      Saved me typing a post...agree 100%

      Trevor Obery - 2011-01-24 16:49

      WTF is a "flappie"

  • Louis Nel - 2011-01-24 04:06

    I'm sorry but what has a town’s name got to do with the apartheid/sad past. But what is interesting is that Modimolle is on the list! This town used to be called Nylstroom! So what she is saying is that the all knowing ANC can’t even remember which names they changed, how’s that for a Ministerial Heritage. Just another shining example of where the money is really needed, EDUCATION. Maybe we must consider sending our leaders back to school to fill those gaps left in their education by apartheid/sad past.

      allie - 2011-01-24 08:35

      This is how it works: The ANC puts all their ministers with a low IQ(or no IQ at all) in obscure positions(like Pallo Jordan,winnie and the likes) And for these people, not to be forgotten,they come up with a stupid idea from time to time just to aggrivate the boere.And from these blogs you can see how successful it is.But i hope they name one after JZ,because he might still end up there one of these days.

  • Glennm - 2011-01-24 06:00

    Yes I agree with the name changes. I mean thats where most of the comrades of crime are today. How fitting that would be..hahahahahaha

  • Steve - 2011-01-24 06:19

    Why don't they just call everything i.e. all provinces, cities, towns, bridges, rivers, etc, O.R. Tambo. The only exception would be Boksburg, which should be called Hanipoot.

  • Beverley - 2011-01-24 06:25

    I am at a loss for words - what else? What next? Fix the education system and potholes first - idiots!!

  • steven.m.armour - 2011-01-24 06:27

    Another waste of money.Government(sic) has once again got it's priorities screwed up.What's new?

  • Mike - 2011-01-24 07:06

    Government is looking for money all over to help the flood victims, but yet, you get this silly money wasting scheme. Wait a minute, aint elections soon? yes, local government elections are on their way. This is what happens EVERY time that elections loom. Name changing must be the ANC's intelligent method of campaigning. What utter chops

  • awwgee - 2011-01-24 07:14

    We should name the prisons after our anc "leaders" who should actually be IN those institutions - let's start with "std3". The only problem would be that we would have to build so many more, to accommodate all the names.

  • anti crime - 2011-01-24 07:21

    You have got to be fkn kidding

  • Adrian - 2011-01-24 07:22

    Shit , these prisons are going to have helleva long names.

  • Foxilass - 2011-01-24 07:26

    "The name changes are part of Mapisa-Nqakula's "ministerial heritage project" to get rid of the assumption that prisons are "places of penance". Of COURSE they're places of damn PENANCE!!!! What the hell are they there for? These name-changing people are plain mental - bottom line! Just plain and simply, MAD!!

      SaintBruce - 2011-01-24 11:42

      My sentiments exactly. Prison - where those violating the normal rights of others have their rights taken away until they are reformed. Does this Minister "know" what a prison is?

      Perfume - 2011-01-24 19:51

      LMAO!!!!!!!! Perhaps the prisons have been changed to "PLACES OF LEISURE!!!!!!"

  • johannvv58 - 2011-01-24 07:28

    Shahied Weet jy wat is verkramp.Dis iemand soos jy wat nie kan lees nie,want duidelik mis jy die storie.LEES WEER AS JY KAN VERSTAAN.......Dit gaan oor vermorsing van BELASTINGGELD WAT JY DUIDELIK NIE VERSTAAN NIE ...... Het jy al OOIT BELASTING BETAAT. VERSEKER NIE.............

  • Alwyn - 2011-01-24 07:29

    Thats a very good idea,now you can name them after famous criminals such as the ministers RUNNING THE GOVERMENT AND THEIR CONNECTIONS, eg ,Shabir Shaick Medium prison, or Malema Maximum for the crimminally insane

  • william.botha - 2011-01-24 07:32

    I hope one will be Tony Yengeni prison.

  • bosegoos - 2011-01-24 07:34

    Yet another case where a disfunctional department places a high priority on renaming its institutions rather than to concentrate on rectifying the numerous problems within the department.

  • Joy - 2011-01-24 07:34

    more funds wasted ! stop trying to rename THINGS - it is a complete waste of money !

  • Picasso - 2011-01-24 07:36

    This name change is a good thing, our country is run by criminals, why not name the prisons after them?

  • Emma - 2011-01-24 07:41

    I am starting to feel that when you come into a position of power in government, it gives you a free pass to do whatever you feel like. I love the fact that It was never budgeted for, never is, and will require copious amount of funds, which should go to more important issues. Lets face it, prisons are a place of penance, why do they have to sugar coat the criminal justice system? Let's change stationary, letterheads, stamps,signboards, name tags....just to name a few, just for the sake of a lousy new name. I like change, but only if it makes things better for all parties involved

  • shelley - 2011-01-24 07:43

    ok, now this is confusing. Last week it was said that the government will not be giving financial aid to farmers and others who lost everything in the recent floods. Now the government wants to spend millions of rands changing prison names instead of using the money for more important things, namely giving decent houses to their people, upgrading of hospitals, decent educational institutions, decent living conditions for people in rural areas and townships. These are the very people that voted for this democratic government but have been let down by no service delivery.

  • Shorts1 - 2011-01-24 07:44

    Yet another meaningless move by an ANC deployed PDI [ Presently Dysfunctional Incument ] cadre comrade, wasting taxpayers money on nothing constructive????

      Shorts1 - 2011-01-24 07:46

      Sorry - should read [ Presently Dysfunctional Incumbent ]

      Peter - 2011-01-24 10:19

      It should read "permanently doff idiot"

  • NO-BULL - 2011-01-24 07:53

    Reward the criminals with an honorary renaming of prisons. Reward the rapists with an honorary renaming of hospitals (hell, rename them to Rape Clinics while you are at it). Reward arsonists with honorary renaming of police stations. Reward bombers with honorary renaming of train stations and reward promoters of genocide with a government of their own to empower them to praise the scum of the earth. Viva, revolution!

  • stormpoet - 2011-01-24 07:54

    I have an idea! We could hang a red curtain between the towers of the Union Buildings. That way we can start selling tickets to the comedy that our government is starting to portray! Proceeds could go to name-changing, bad policy ideas and corrupt spending. I think this is a brilliant scheme. Seriuosly though: They need to catch a wake up and start focusing on the important things in this country before it's too late and there won't be anything left to rename at all.

  • FootballLove - 2011-01-24 07:59

    My wife is also changing her name, to "Coffee". She says I love coffee more than her. My son has changed his name to "Moeggevloek". I am also changing my name to "Sir". Lots of people already call me "Sir".

      Lisa - 2011-01-24 12:58


  • letlize - 2011-01-24 08:00

    Family of mine were in the bomb blast in the 1980's in Amanzimtoti where the little boy of 2 years got killed. Now they went and re-named Kingsway in Toti to honour the bomb planter ! WTF ! This guy killed so many people and caused so much damage but now he is the hero !

  • Phoenix - 2011-01-24 08:01

    I think this is simply a waist of resources. You may as well take the money and throw it in a toilet. I understand the reason to want to change the names. But this is getting ridiculous. The system is corrupt, and they have 136% over population. Why not sort that problem out first, but he would rather waist time and money on renaming the prisons. Something tells me he is more racist than the public, by stating that renaming is just as urgent as the other more urgent problems are. Something tells me that this minister/politician is doing this, just to create more problems, and then also I think there is something else more sinister behind this idea too.

      stormpoet - 2011-01-24 08:06

      SHE. But I do agree with you wholeheartedly.

  • logical007 - 2011-01-24 08:02

    Has no-one in government got anything better to do than rename exstisting structures, places or roads? What a waste of money. But I suppose an easy way for Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to make a few thousands in her back pocket. Who cares what the prisons are called - the fact is lets just CATCH the corrupt, murdering, raping people and get them in to the prisons ( call them ABC for all I care)

  • Shisstirrer QBE - 2011-01-24 08:04

    I think Ill rename my shithouse to "The Houses of Parliment"

  • Johnny - 2011-01-24 08:05

    ...the only thing the ANC can do well.... ....renaming places..... ......otherwise they are useless...

  • Johan - 2011-01-24 08:07

    There just aint no cure for absolute stupidity. Please go tell all the kids we're trying to uplift out of the slums that they have to wait for proper schools and books (want die minister se gat jeuk nou eers en hy moet dit krap met belasting betaler se geld).

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  • ArtGee - 2011-01-24 08:09

    "PRIORITY" is DEFINITLY NOT a Xhoza, Zulu or Pedi word!

      Zawadi - 2011-01-25 12:38

      Eish! I just hope that this is all talk like all the stuff we have been promised which we are still to have but sad reality is that this will get more support than the things we realy need. what is it in a name! BTW its Xhosa!

  • Doorboot - 2011-01-24 08:11

    LOL the irony... Name the prisons after criminals! Ha ha ha, I am rather happy that they waste my tax money on this.

  • Sharmay - 2011-01-24 08:12

    I hope the Minister gets blasted for this! Spend the money on something that desperately needs it! Potholes, education, new air vents for those hospitals that are making babies sick ect ect. Poor show minister, you clearly want to needlessly spend taxpayers money on stupid things that you probably know NOTHING about! Kissing ass before elections is so typical of these ANC chops. Change the names to something no-one can pronouce, no consideration for other locals and tourists that have to try and remember the updated ones and nevermind anyone elses heritage! Prisons ARE a place of penance, not some flippen luxury resort where people should feel proud of being in because it's named after some bloke who was part of a struggle that happened years ago. People are struggling NOW! Besides, how is Leeuwkop's name a reminder of apartheid? WTF! Government, you idiots, you make me so frigging angry!

  • Paul - 2011-01-24 08:15

    Obviously there is not enough werk to go round so the over stuffed meenasta needs to find something to do and still sound and seem important.

  • bill - 2011-01-24 08:20

    Typical of this breed of moron called a cabinet minister. Forget service delivery - change a name. The less they deliver through their corruption , the more they try to reinvent the "struggle" when most of them spent drinking and screwing.

  • bill - 2011-01-24 08:28

    Those are not winds of change , it is this moronic minister farting after a typical long lunch. Fool.

  • Dnt8 - 2011-01-24 08:46

    These guys sitting in Parliment, how many of them have legal post matric qualifications. They are all just a bunch of uneducated morons that can't even put together a logical sentence. Ja I am sorry about the past (and for the record Iam not white) but how long are your'll gonna bitch and complain about apartheid. You jackasses are gona drive this once beautiful country into the ground. You wanna rename roads, buildings why don't your'll start by just leaving the past behind you and looking forward. Okay put some dead stalwat name on a road sign and forever recall what, the person usually live a very good life overseas. Driving past a newly rename building does nothing for me personally cos what that freedom fighter did, had nothing to do with the change in South Africa. It was a very brave white Ex-president that handed over this country. And as for the rest of the story thats like a bad book...

  • branden.hart - 2011-01-24 08:49

    Can we Propose names? 1) The Selebi Easy Stay. 2) Winnie's Wonderland 3) A.N.C Taal en Kultuur Reservaat. 4) Zuma B&B - All rooms have en suite showers. 5) Shaik Correctional, umm sorry, medical, umm Outpatients Institute Oh - I give up after 5

      gilliansan - 2011-01-24 13:09


      Picasso - 2011-01-25 07:23

      For the slow criminals they can have 'The Malema Retard Institution'.

  • Bertus - 2011-01-24 08:56

    Please explain the millions wasted on name changing to the inmates living in inhuman conditions. Hell, with the mentality that is ruling today, being in a prison with a name of a hero of mine, might actually create the illusion of paradise in there.

  • freeflyshannon - 2011-01-24 09:02

    HOLY S%^4... How much is this going to cost the taxpayer now? Is it absolutely neccessary? Couldn't we build more hospitals or a few more police stations know...something we actually need?

  • gargamel.kruger - 2011-01-24 09:21

    I wonder if there is a Pedi word for "irony".

  • pointblankza - 2011-01-24 09:31

    Ah so I expect to see Westville Prison now known as Shabir Sheik Place of Safety. Can you imagine the broucher? "Come spend a few years in this establishment where you will receive free food, a warm bed, TV. Here you will also learn to ply your trade more effectively, we have life long mentors that will mentor you in the fine art of house invasions, car theft and rape. Here at Shabir Sheik Place of Safety we pride ourselves in rehabilitation and if you fail outside, no problem, just come back for a refresher course."

      dehaan1942 - 2011-01-24 09:46

      Or - All who enter here terminally ill leave completely cured!

  • Melly30 - 2011-01-24 09:33

    Yes lets waste more money!!!

  • remandlo - 2011-01-24 09:35

    This minister is obsessed with wasting taxpayers money. She wasted enough in the Home Affairs Dept, now she want to pour aways millions of rands away in the name of name-changes stupidity. I think one of her family members or close allies is ready for that tender. Izinyembezi zabantu kaziweli phansi. Why not using the money and fix the slaggy parole system which favours certain individuals. Some Correctional Services facilities are over-crowded, under-staffed e.g Durban-Westville, yet she is got money for name-changes. Maybe she need some financial counselling help, something is wrong with this woman. Watch the space...

  • pointblankza - 2011-01-24 09:41

    They want to name prisons after ANC heroes??? Glorifying prisons!! At a loss for words..

  • Trout Bum - 2011-01-24 09:43

    What an absolute waste of money. There is NOTHING wrong with the existing names.