Saturday, September 30, 2006

Revamps for prisons in South Africa

By Tarryn Le Chat
30 September 2006

South Africa is to spend R763 million in refurbishing eleven prisons across the country.

Warning s that government was cracking down on crime and criminals, Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Belfour announced that the initiative creates nearly 2 000 new prison beds.

According tot he Weekend Argus, Belfour was speaking at the opening of a renovated and expanded prison at Wolmaransstad in the North West Province. New facilities there will cost R18.6 million.

Belfour said it was expected that the programme would ultimately further unlock an additional bed space/accommodation capacity of about 2 000 for inmates.

According to the report, the launch was also attended by the speaker of the North West Provincial Legislature, Thandi Modise, who said traditional African societies did not use prisons.

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