Department of Correctional Services (South Africa)

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Department of Correctional Services
Department overview
Formed 1990[1]
Jurisdiction Government of South Africa
Ministers responsible

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.[2][3] The agency is headquartered in the West Block of the Poyntons Building in Pretoria.[4]

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.[5][6]

Correctional centres[edit]

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

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 2015-05-28. 
  2. ^ "Justice/Contacts/Ministry". Department of Justice. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "DCS". Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "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"
  5. ^ "President Jacob Zuma announces members of the National Executive, Pretoria". The Presidency. 25 May 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Wynn, Craig (25 May 2014). "Zuma announces new Cabinet". EWN. Archived from the original on 28 May 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 

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