Skip Navigation Links

PRETORIA CENTRAL CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE:

Area Commissioner:

JM Mkabele
Potgieter Street, Pretoria
P/Bag X45, Pretoria, 0001
Tel: 012 314 1905
Fax: 012 323 4441


Pretoria Central Prison is one of the first prisons in our Department's history; this is where observation was born, according to history of this department, female members were allowed to work with male offenders when the first Social Workers were appointed on probation. Today the Welfare Services is the key component of rehabilitation program of the inmates. The first cell walls were built with bricks, doors were wooden and the floors were covered with grey slates.

An interesting escape happened at this centre; thirteen offenders lifted one of the slates and dug a tunnel which led to the street. In the morning the prisoners used a wheelbarrow to transport soil outside without being noticed. The offenders were rearrested and floors were cemented in 1884.

The first training of personnel started in 1913 with the establishment of the first depot at this centre. Courses took months and probation warders were subjected to intensive training in drill, marksmanship, self defence, physical training, first-aid and Prisons Act and Regulations.

The Olympic size swimming pool that is next to the correctional centre was built in 1935. Although one of the first, Central Correctional Centre has undergone several facelifts and it is still operational up to date.

Nearest Police Station Nearest Municipality Nearest Court
SAPS PRETORIA CITY OF TSWANE METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY R/C PRETORIA

Community Corrections Office:

Click to view more

Programmes:

Security Level:

Population:

Visiting Hours:

Directions to facility:

Agriculture: