Pretoria Central Prison

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Pretoria Central Prison (official name: Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre) is a large prison in Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa. The prison was the official site of capital punishment in South Africa during the apartheid era. Condemned prisoners were held in a section of the prison called "The Pot".[1] It further held white political prisoners, separated from black political prisoners who were held in Robben Island.

At one time, the prison gallows could hang up to 7 people at a time.[2]


In 1979 political prisoners Tim Jenkin, Alex Moumbaris and Stephen Lee escaped Pretoria Central Prison.[3]

Notable inmates[edit]

  • Denis Goldberg - anti-apartheid campaigner
  • Tim Jenkin
  • Alex Moumbaris
  • Stephen Lee
  • Oscar Pistorius - sentenced to five years for culpable homicide on 21 October 2014, he was released on 19 October 2015.[4] After his conviction was changed to murder in December 2015 Pistorius was sentenced to six years imprisonment on 6 July 2016, he left the prison in November 2016 after being transferred to the Atteridgeville Correction Centre.[5]
  • Mike Hoare - Mercenary charged with hijacking an Air India jet.


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Coordinates: 25°45′40″S 28°10′54″E / 25.7612°S 28.1816°E / -25.7612; 28.1816