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Over­crowd­ing is a huge prob­lem and adds an ad­di­tional bur­den to the cash-strapped DCS. “Our pris­ons only have space for 119 000 peo­ple. That means it’s a fact that South African pris­ons are mas­sively over­crowded, by al­most 30 000 peo­ple,” says Nde­bele.

There are cur­rently 243 cor­rec­tional fa­cil­i­ties in South Africa, most which were built at a time when the prin­ci­ple of cor­rec­tional de­tain­ment and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of pris­on­ers was un­heard of. With the pol­icy shift from the his­tor­i­cal “cus­to­dial ware­hous­ing” to re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, a re­view and re­design of some of th­ese fa­cil­i­ties has be­come nec­es­sary.

The DCS is cur­rently re­view­ing all the old-gen­er­a­tion fa­cil­i­ties. It’s also con­sid­er­ing is­sues like the in­creas­ing cost for main­te­nance of old fa­cil­i­ties, of over­crowd­ing and of limited fis­cal ca­pac­ity.

“In the medium term, there is no bud­getg for build­ing g new fa­cil­i­ties,” says Nde­bele.

There was a plan to build five new fa­cil­i­ties, which called for a pub­lic-pri­vate pa part­ner­ship ( PPP) pro­gramme be­tween the state and pri­vat pri­vate con­trac­tors and that wo would have cost Go Govern­ment arou around R2bn. T The DCS ca can­celled th this ex­pans sion plan i in 2011.

“That P PPP was can­celled due to the u un­jus­ti­fi­ably high cost to t the de­part-

Jeff Radebe

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