All names to be considered for prisons

2011-03-15 20:07

Johannesburg - All names would be considered in the process of re-naming various prisons around the country, the correctional services department said on Tuesday.

"All names proposed are valid and will be considered by the leadership of the department of correctional services, as no pre-conceived names were selected," the department said in a statement.

Those participating in public hearings in Soweto, in Mamelodi, in Durban and in Pietermaritzburg, had put forward about 80 names - with emphasis on celebrating icons and heroes who had dedicated themselves to the liberation and development of others and on inspiring people to focus on issues of hope, forgiveness, development, rehabilitation and social reintegration, the department said.

About 5 000 people have so far attended the hearings.

Further public hearings were scheduled to take place in Port Elizabeth, East London, Barberton, Modimolle, Kroonstad and Mitchells Plain.

Eleven facilities would be renamed.

The debate over renaming prisons was heated in Mamelodi earlier this month with the Bapedi Ba Mamone traditional council backing the name of their King Maphuru II who was incarcerated at Pretoria Correctional Services (previously known as Pretoria Central Prison) and died there in 1883.

Other members of the Mamelodi community insisted the facility be renamed after Umkhonto we Sizwe struggle icon Solomon Mahlangu.

People came out in numbers to make their voices heard on the renaming, mostly tribes including the Bathlokwa a Molefe, who came with their King Molefe, and Kgosigadi Phasha of the Baroka baga Phasha tribe.

Although at times heated, the mood was festive with people dancing and singing.

  • Grant - 2011-03-15 20:17

    Pretoria central should be re-named 'Jacob Zuma' - it's the only way to appropriately preserve his posterity!

      ? - 2011-03-15 20:22

      Yep,good name.I think Pollsmoor can be changed to Shabir Shaik university of technology.

      Sword&Cross - 2011-03-16 07:04

      Jacob Zuma's Sand Pits? YET on Twitter some real frustrated m'nyama woman complains that these are only going to be hotbeds for all the boys to find suitable husbands making the women even more frustrated and run to the far east looking for satisfaction, like Grace of Zimbabwe does when she, like her compatriot presidential peers harems nearby run out of garden boys and security guards. Mind you, the extra work in running paternity suits might solve a lot of the unemployment situation in SA.

      The Observer - 2011-03-16 09:13

      They can call it Z-Max

  • Ano Nymous - 2011-03-15 20:23

    This is really easy: Shabir Shaik Correctional Facility, Jacob Zuma High Security Facility, Robert McBride Facility for the Criminally Insane, Tony Yengeni Facility for White Collar Crimes, Winnie Mandela Facility for Repeat Offenders, Umkhonto we Sizwe Facility for people who "struggle" with what other people accomplish easily...

      Dave - 2011-03-15 20:54


      thinker - 2011-03-15 21:13

      I like, I like, however Selebi & Cele will be very unhappy if they dont feature

      Picasso - 2011-03-16 08:07

      And what about Malema Woodwork Academy for the brain damaged criminals?

      Anejo - 2011-03-16 09:20

      Spot on !

      The Observer - 2011-03-16 09:22

      Z(Zuma)-Max, Samwu (SA mental ward unit), Shaik Down, Yengeni Slammer , (ANCYL) African National Criminal Youth Lockdown, (cosatu) Criminally Operated south African Tronk Unit

      WCD - 2011-03-16 10:18

      Are we allowed to use the term 'prison', isn't that trampling on their human rights. Maybe they should go out on tender, then they can steal that money, open another sushi bar, buy a space shuttle and open a branch of nthuli house on 'uranus'

      Scottykira - 2011-03-16 11:48

      Can't we name the prison hospitals after shaik instead =P

  • tommy 2 - 2011-03-15 20:30

    We should re name the prisons after politicians that should have been in prison. In fact lets save time and energy and call all prisons.... The A.N.C The African National Connection. At these prison were prisoners will be schooled how to avoid sentence,and rape the country for ones own benefit. As the name states connection,its were people can meet and after they serve they time one will be guAranteed to EAT SUSHI,,RAPE THE COUNTRY AT WILL and eat curry every day with imported curry chefs.

      PB - 2011-03-16 10:44

      How true. Seems like that is the closest we will ever get to having all those corrupt ANC bigwigs do "time".

      Scottykira - 2011-03-16 11:49

      I recon they should not call it correctional facilities but recruitment facilities

  • Sword&Cross - 2011-03-15 20:32

    For teh countries sake, NO MORE PEOPLE'S NAMES. Place names yes - especially local original names. Even maybe ritualistic bodypart names, BUT NO POLITICAL AWFUL PEOPLE NAMES

      Sword&Cross - 2011-03-15 23:43

      Struck me late, that probably the best bet for naming SA prisons will be to use the names of Zimbabwe's villages. Maximum security will then carry the name of villages where mugabe's zanu-pf killed the most innocent civilians, and the next lesser security tier those areas where innocent white citizens were massacred and so on - BUT also considered that SA has no real security with the number of constant prison breaks and border penetration SO WHY BUILD ANY AT ALL?

      Picasso - 2011-03-16 08:08

      No, it is wonderful. Name the prisons after the criminals running this country.

  • gizzy - 2011-03-15 20:54

    This is one bunch of name changes I don't mind. I mean you would have to be really egotisticle to want to name a PRISON after yourself. But these politicians are so full of themselves.

  • Mundu - 2011-03-15 20:57

    This is the only time I can support name changing, esp. if they name it after their 'struggle icoons'.

      Mundu - 2011-03-15 20:58

      uuh...i mean icons.....hahahaha.

  • SAtoStay - 2011-03-15 21:07

    So many of our politicians have excelled in almost every genre of crime, that almost any name would do. Many institutions are so well named after the struggle hero they represent that I would have full confidence in our leaders to once more reflect the true nature of our politicians by naming badly run institutions after them: think of the horror that confronts you at the aptly named Chris Hani hospital to name just one example.

  • Mabhulwana - 2011-03-15 21:10

    I really support the name changing exercise. It forms part of the larger tranformation process. For the mere fact that the current names mean nothing to many of us. The only problem is that peoples names(in particular, ANC) are gonna be used. Would n't it be nice to have Helen Suzman Correctional Centre or maybe someone like S.E.K Mqhayi Correctional Centre.

      The Observer - 2011-03-16 09:25

      I like. Just add in De Klerk then there is a full house.

  • Hungwe - 2011-03-15 21:16

    Shaik - Yengeni - Shaik, Shaik, BMW, Zap, Zap - Golf Course Blues, Punch the Journalist - f*ck the Mosque centre of learning - I'm screwed by the Gupta's, a good start for Shaik's current new sick ward name - he'll be out in two days time playing golf with JZ, maybe swinging a Gupta on the 9th. Go for it you shabby shake and the shower of sh*te that surround you.

  • wattalotokak - 2011-03-15 21:18

    hey hey - whatta surprise! I thought this will not cost us one single cent..! Surprise, suprise - they are at LEAST all over the radio with ads in regards to this...! How much did THAT cost??? What? was it for free??? right...

  • daspoort - 2011-03-15 21:21

    Yeah, ANC, waste our money on petty sh*t. The fact that most of you did not get a good education shows with you childish obsessions to try and change everything from the previous regime.

  • Sean - 2011-03-15 22:49

    So all prison should bear the names of the most corrupt officials in this comedy we call government because they name everything after criminals anyway

  • maseratifitt - 2011-03-15 23:57

    It will be fitting to name prisons after ANC heroes. After all, it is under ANC "leadership" that crime escalated to the current level.

  • alfred - 2011-03-16 01:37

    I have a idea. Why dont you frigging do whatever the hell you like? You're going to do it in any case. And tell me, how is this not going to cost anything? Do you people know anything about finance or costing?

  • ludlowdj - 2011-03-16 07:23

    F#@king typical, you can't build houses for your people but what the hell...F@#K THEM, we'll spend the money we don't have on changing place names again. Tell me something if changing Road names was so important why is the municipality still addressing their bills to the old Road Names??

  • sellenjd - 2011-03-16 08:33

    fcuk.... why the waste of money to keep renaming things when 1000's are starving or are not employed. Shit can we not spend money on something constructive. How much money is paid to MP's whose function it is to change f... names of towns and places!@#$#%^Z&

  • LucyC - 2011-03-16 08:35

    Rather use the money allocated for renaming the prisons and buy incubators and medical equipment for the hospitals. Some hospitals are closing due to lack of funds... Well done ANC!!

  • Makwassie - 2011-03-16 08:37

    Yep, I'm all for it, give them African names

  • Mamma Smurf - 2011-03-16 08:55


  • revolution - 2011-03-16 10:17

    ANC breed his partners in prison!!

  • LadyJJ - 2011-03-16 10:37

    Revolution you can say that again than i think it is just fit to name it after all the ANC criminals

  • PB - 2011-03-16 10:56

    "the mood was festive" the dumb asses will attend ANY meeting if they get a freebie. What a farce

  • Smiddy - 2011-03-16 11:29

    What the hell are the ANC trying to achieve here?Who cares what the prisons are called. What the taxpaying citizen of this country ACTUALLY cares about are the education, health and the most pressing issue roads and infrastructure. But thank you ANC for yet again wasting our money.

  • johan.klopper1 - 2011-03-16 18:12

    Take away the prisons and bring in Work Farms. Problem prisoners may join the chain gang.

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