Department of Correctional Services (South Africa)
|Jurisdiction||Government of South Africa|
|Ministers responsible||Michael Masutha, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services
Thabang Makwetla, Deputy Minister of Justice and Correctional Services for Correctional Services
The Department of Correctional Services is a sub-department of the South African government. It is responsible for running South Africa's prison system. The department has about 34,000 staff and is responsible for the administration of 240 prisons, which accommodates about 189,748 inmates. The prisons include minimum, medium and maximum security facilities. The political head of the department is the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, currently Michael Masutha. The agency is headquartered in the West Block of the Poyntons Building in Pretoria.
Previously a separate department, in May 2014 it was combined with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development which was renamed the Department of Justice and Correctional Services.
The 178 prisons run by the department include:
- 9 women-only prisons
- 13 prisons for young offenders
- 40 prisons for male offenders
- 72 prisons for both male and female offenders
- 5 prisons that are temporarily closed down or undergoing renovations
- Pollsmoor Prison in the Western Cape Province is the largest maximum security prison and houses inmates serving life or long term sentences.
- C Max in Pretoria is also a maximum security prison which houses inmates serving long sentences and those that are considered flight risks.
- The former [Pretoria Central Prison] now known as Ksogi Mampuru II (who was hanged at the prison on 22 November 1883 for public violence and revolt, as well as the murder of rival leader Sekhukhune), was the official site for capital punishment in South Africa before the end of apartheid, frequently meted out against opponents of the apartheid regime. Capital punishment was abolished in 1995 (see Capital punishment in South_Africa)
- Drakenstein Correctional Centre, the prison from which Nelson Mandela was released after being imprisoned for opposing apartheid.
- Development and Care
- Central Services
- Corporate Services
- Operations & Management Support
- Departmental Investigation Unit (DIU)
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