Renaming prisons will 'create awareness'

2011-01-31 19:07

Johannesburg - The planned renaming of some correctional facilities will help create public awareness about its daily work, the correctional services department said on Monday.

"Through the Ministerial Legacy Project of renaming some correctional facilities in South Africa, we wish to galvanise public awareness and association with the work the Department of Correctional Services is doing," said Sonwabo Mbananga, spokesperson for minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

"Why? This is in mitigation of the program of rehabilitation the department has placed at the centre of its daily work."

He was responding to editorial comment in some newspapers relating to the department's stance on the planned renaming.

"The fact is the centres targeted for renaming are not located in districts of commercial trade nor are they businesses or names of streets... but places of incarceration often in remote and isolated areas," he said.

Mbananga said names like the Pretoria Central Correctional Centre and Johannesburg Central Correctional Centre were flawed as both names honoured people who were part of a repressive system.

Johannesburg was named after two commissioners of the apartheid era -Johannes Rissik and Christaan Johannes Joubert.

Pretoria was similarly named after Andries Pretorius.

He said issues surrounding the cost of the renaming were dealt with "comprehensively and openly".

Eleven correctional centres were identified for renaming.

They were Johannesburg, Pretoria Central, Leeuwkop, Barberton, Modimolle, St Albans, East London, Pollsmoor, Kroonstad, Durban Westville, and the Pietermaritzburg Correctional Centres.

"By building bridges with the community and South African society at large, we create the spaces in which those offenders that are indeed rehabilitated and wish to embark on life afresh are afforded the opportunity to do so," Mbananga said.

Partnerships with the public were necessary for transparency and openness, he added.

  • richard - 2011-01-31 19:10

    I bet you the first name will be John Vorster Penetentiary.

  • richard - 2011-01-31 19:11

    Forgot to say, this government knows how to waste money. You should hand out more chicken rather. Made this the chicken state.

  • Peter - 2011-01-31 19:48

    Presidentiele kweekskool, Parly House, Political Aspiration Realisation Centre, Go Straight to the top, .... man I can suggest millions of names

  • - 2011-01-31 19:50

    How abouyt saving the money and rather investing it in improving the prisons. Like replacing locks and systems which were installed back in the 50's? What a waste of money and then they dare charge us for tolls while driving on highways in and around Johannesburg to make up for monies spent on upgrading the roads?

      onetickie - 2011-03-07 17:59

      Nah! they won't do that - it would mean "work".

  • pointblankza - 2011-01-31 20:00

    Crazy, crazy, crazy.... The poor criminals having to stay in a place that is so oppressive...

  • Pine - 2011-01-31 20:22

    To use Pretoria and Johannesburg as examples of prisons named after people, is wrong. I wonder how many people today know that these two cities were named after historical figures. But to name a prison after a specific person and to use that person's name ... I would not like to be "honoured" by a correctional facility being named after me!!

  • lldoidge - 2011-01-31 20:32

    Great news. I have names of ANC criminals that they can name these prisons after. J.Zuma, T. Yengeni, W. Mandela, S. Shaik, J. Selebi and then they can also chose from all the travel gate thieves. Geez we could rename ALL the prisons in S.A. after the criminals in the ANC with a few to spare!

  • Macho Mike - 2011-01-31 20:43

    The pot calling the kettle black, or to be PC, the pot calling the kettle a darker shade of pale. From the repressive to the oppressive..................and with a tidy sum of money which SA does not have to spare.

  • Trevor - 2011-01-31 20:47

    when did the apartheid era start if johannesburg is named after it

  • patmax - 2011-01-31 20:49

    I am so tired of people talking about "apartheid-era" figures like Joubert and Rissik - they lived over 50 years before apartheid was introduced - it's easy just to lump it all together and have a shallow view of history.

  • rad69 - 2011-01-31 21:02

    You stupid bunch of twats! Nothing better to do. You bunch of bafoons in government have no clue what is going on in prison and you have screwed up the system. There are REAL human beings in prison that need rehabilitation. They could do with REAL solutions, not mickey mouse solutions from a bunch of self-enriching, back-slapping, pie-in-the-sky, Johnny Walker Blue Label swiggers that have no clue about real needs. There used to be good rehabilitation programs in prison, but you okes have thrown the baby out with the bathwater. SPEND THE MONEY AND EFFORTS ON REAL SOLUTIONS. These prisoners need good solutions and dont care about name changes; the community needs to know their loved ones in prison, or fellow human beings are being helped to rehabilitate, not know that they now live in a place with a more palatable name.

      Ash.187 - 2011-03-08 08:59

      "Hey look at me, i'm from Nelson Mandela Correctional Services & i wanna go back there!" *Excited* These guys are full of crap and got nowhere to dump it but on our heads!

  • pekay2671 - 2011-01-31 21:17

    "By building bridges with the community and South African society at large, we create the spaces in which those offenders that are indeed rehabilitated and wish to embark on life afresh are afforded the opportunity to do so," Mbananga said. Shame - the poor criminals - there's just no way they could ever be rehabilitated if the correctional facility had a politically incorrect name! What absolute BOLLOCKS!

  • emile.marais - 2011-02-01 00:29

    Funny how the ANC doesn't even know it's own country's history. Useless.

  • people.3000 - 2011-02-01 01:20

    What a laugh, costs are comprehensive and openly dealt with. BS! They only want to say how much it cost after wards? I wonder why is that, maybe a public out cry? Imagine the amount of households this could have helped, how many people can go to bed with a full stomach for a change, this is truly a unforgivable! The prisons will be named after freedom fighters. Did they (or their surviving family) have a say in this? I would personally not like to be associated with a prison...

  • onetickie - 2011-03-07 17:53

    Public awareness of daily work???????????? Who gives a S#!T !! What a load of bollocks.

  • Wedfew - 2011-03-08 06:49

    They really don't have any work to do...

  • Ash.187 - 2011-03-08 08:52

    & i take it a black man would supposedly to feel better for being incarcerated in the Steve Biko Correctional Services...... that's some deep psychological solution ya'l have there, twarts! Quit taxing our butts for crap, asseblief!!!

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