DCS in Numbers

Management Areas and Correctional Centres as at 31 March 2019


Region Number of management areas Number of centres temporarily closed Number of active centres Total number of centres
Eastern Cape 6 1 44 45
Gauteng 8 1 25 26
Free State / Northern Cape 7 0 47 47
KwaZulu-Natal 7 2 40 42
Western Cape 10 1 42 43
Limpopo/Mpumalanga/ North West 8 3 35 38
PPPs in FS/NC (1) and LMN (1) 0 0 2 2
Total 46 8 235 243

Correctional Centres temporarily closed


Region Reasons for closure/temporary closure of correctional centres 
Eastern Cape Nqamakwe temporary closed due to repairs and renovations
Gauteng Kgosi Mampuru Maximum temporary closed due to upgrading
KwaZulu-Nata Estcourt temporary closed due to upgrading
Umzimkulu temporary closed due to upgrading
Western Cape Swellendam closed due to dilapidation
Brandvlei Maximum closed due to dilapidation
Limpopo/Mpumalanga/ North West Brits closed due to renovations
Geluk closed due to dilapidation
Standerton Medium B temporary closed due to upgrading

During the year under review, the Department had a total inmate population 162 875 with approved bed space of 118 572. The South African Constitution explicitly provides inmates (sentenced and unsentenced) with the right to adequate accommodation linked to human dignity however the overcrowding of correctional facilities is still a prevalent challenge to the Department.

Total number of inmates as at 31 March 2019 per Region


Region Sentenced - Males Sentenced - Females Total Number of
Sentenced Offenders
Unsentenced - Males Unsentenced - Females Total number of
Unsentenced Inmates
Total number of Inmates 
Eastern Cape 15 131 279 15 410 5 591 91 5 682 21 092 
Gauteng 24 158 752 24 910 11 588 413 12 001 36 911
Free State & Northern Cape 17 123 356 17 479 4 770 80 4 850 22 329
KwaZulu-Natal 20 364 517 20 881 6 174 136 6 310 27 191
Western Cape 16 902 611 17 513 11 620 546 12 166 29 679
Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West 18 512 442 18 954 6 626 93 6 719 25 673
TOTAL 112 190 2 957 115 147 46 369 1 359 47 728 162 875 

The total number of inmates as at 31 March 2019 was 162 875 against the approved bedspace of 118 572 of the inmate population, unsentenced inmates constituted 29.30% while the sentenced offenders were 70.70%. Males were almost 97% while females were less than 3%. The regions with the highest number of inmates were Gauteng (22.66%), Western Cape (18.22%), KwaZulu-Natal (16.69%) and LMN 15.76%). The regions with the lowest number of inmates were Eastern Cape (12.94%) and Free State and Northern Cape (13.71%). The continuous growth in the offender populations creates challenges, pressures and demands in the corrections operating environment.

Inmate population trend from 2014/15 to 2018/19 financial years


Categories Gender 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19
Sentenced Females 3 029 3 036 2 979 2 956 2 957
Unsentenced Females 1 089 1 157 1 195 1 370 1 359
Total
females
4 118 4 193 4 174 4 326 4 316
Sentenced Males 113 236 113 691 114 276 114 913 112 190
Unsentenced Males 42 209 44 100 42 604 44 890 46 369
Total
males
155 445 157 791 156 880 159 803 158 559
Total  159 563 161 984 161 054 164 129 162 875

The following graph reflects the inmate population from 2014/15 to 2018/19 financial years

Screen Shot 2019-10-09 at 10.43.49

Number of RDs per region as at 31 March 2019 (Remand Detention)


Region Females Males Total Percentage
Eastern Cape 91 5 498 5 589 11.76%
Gauteng 412 11 583 11 996 25.24%
Free State & Northern Cape 80 4 723 4 803 10.11%
KwaZulu-Natal 135 6 135 6 270 13.19%
Western Cape 546 11 620 12 166 25.60%
Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West 93 6 609 6 702 14.10%
National 1 358 46 168 47 526 100%

The three regions with the highest number of Remand Detainees were Western Cape, Gauteng and Limpopo/Mpumalanga/North West. The regions with the lowest number of Remand Detainees were Free State/Northern Cape, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Below are trends which describe the changes in the demographics of the inmate population from 2014/15 to 2018/19

Number of RD children as at 31 March 2019 per region (Remand Detention)


Region Females Males Total Percentage
Eastern Cape 0 18 18 28.13%
Gauteng 0 2 2 3.13%
Free State & Northern Cape 0 15 15 23.43%
KwaZulu-Natal 0 19 19 29.69%
Western Cape 0 9 9 14.06%
Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West 1 0 1 1.56%
1 63 64 100%

The tables above indicate that of the 47 526 RDs that were detained on 31 March 2019, a total of 0.13% (64) made up of children RDs. The regions with the highest number of RD children were KwaZulu-Natal followed by Eastern Cape, Free State and Northern Cape. The regions with the lowest number of RD children were Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West and Gauteng.

Average number of sentenced offenders per age group


Children
(Younger than 18 years)
Juveniles
(18-20 years)
Youth and adults
(21 years and older)
Total
Females Males Females Males Females Males Females/ Males
2 121 54 2 758 2 916 11 112 116 976

Average number of community corrections caseload per year


Description 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Parolees 49 597 50 175 51 963 52 453 53 415 54 935
Probationers 16 462 17 033 17 061 15 990 16 311 15 251
Awaiting Trial
Persons
1 526 1 634 1 324 1 260 1 290 1 387
Total 67 585 68 842 70 348 69 703 71 016 71 573

WordPress Lightbox