Department of Correctional Services (South Africa)

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Department of JusticeCorrectional Services
Department overview
Formed 1990 [1]
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
John Jeffery, Deputy Minister of Justice and Correctional Services for Justice
Department executive Tom Moyane, Commissioner

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. It was combined with the Ministry of Justice in May 2013, to create the new Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services. The political head of the department is the Minister of Justice, currently Michael Masutha. The agency is headquartered in the West Block of the Poyntons Building in Pretoria.[2]

Correctional centres[edit]

The 178 prisons run by the department include:

  • 8 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

Notable prisons[edit]


  • Finance
  • Development and Care
  • Corrections
  • Central Services
  • Corporate Services
  • Operations & Management Support
  • Departmental Investigation Unit (DIU)


  1. ^ "History of Transformation of the Correctional System in South Africa". Department of Correctional Services (South Africa). Retrieved 2007-08-18. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Contact Us." Department of Correctional Services. Retrieved on 15 September 2010. "National Department (Head Office) Physical Address : 124 Church Street Cnr Shubart Str Poyntons Building (West Block) Pretoria"

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