Community Corrections meets to take stock and plot the future

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Community Corrections (ComCor) is central to the envisioned business model to shape the future of corrections in South Africa, and is a key driver in the department’s objective to ensure successful offender reintegration and to promote social cohesion. The branch ComCor convened a two-day session from 06 to 07 March 2019 at Kgoši Mampuru II Management Area to devise coherent and implementable strategies to improve its performance.

The session brought under one roof field experts from Head Office and the regions to review the branch’s third quarter performance, and to deliberate on target setting for 2019/20 to 2021/22.

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The branch achieved a 67% performance rate in the third quarter, and has achieved four of its six APP targets. All non-APP targets have been realised.

Several presentations were made focusing on the following key areas:

  • Third quarter performance review in relation to parolees and probationers without violations
  • Third quarter performance review focusing on the number of parolees and probationers reintegrated through Halfway House partnerships
  • Third quarter performance review on the number of victims and offenders who participated on Restorative Justice programmes
  • Number of service points established
  • Number of parolees and probationers employed
  • Monitoring and evaluation findings on key performance indicators
  • Status of social workers for ComCor projects and the development of a concept document in this regard
  • Target setting for the period starting 2019/20 to 2021/22.

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Acting CDC Veliswa Mvandaba highlighted that the department has embarked on an aggressive drive to promote the employability of parolees and probationers. She said Minister Michael Masutha is spearheading nationwide engagements with the business sector and entrepreneurs to encourage them to provide employment to parolees and probationers.

The officials also discussed the allocation of human and financial resources to support its operations, as well as the working conditions in various ComCor offices. During the current financial year, R26 million was allocated for the purchase of vehicles to enable officials to do monitoring. Four regions have already taken delivery of these vehicles.

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Ms Mvandaba said that ComCor is making important strides despite them having to contend with an increasing daily average case load, limited staff complement, constrained budget allocation and an expanded scope of work, particularly in the last decade due to the 2005 White Paper on Corrections, which locates community involvement at the centre of their operations.

 

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