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]

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


Political prisoner Tim Jenkin and others escaped Pretoria Central Prison.[3]

Notable inmates[edit]


  1. ^ Robert Adams (1998). The Abuses of Punishment. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 178. ISBN 0-312-17617-1. 
  2. ^ Before the Hangman Arrives Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, South African Journal on Human Rights, 1989
  3. ^ Inside Out: Escape from Pretoria Central Prison

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