The community of Witbank has a large number of young people occupying the streets with nothing to do, as well as homeless residents with no food or shelter to keep warm. This is a serious concern for correctional officials, responsible for daily monitoring of parolees and probationers in the area. Knowing that such circumstances may lead to delinquency and increased levels of crime, Witbank Community Corrections (ComCor) reached out to these youth and the homeless on Youth Day,16 June 2020.
On the day, the ComCor offices were buzzing with homeless people and under-privileged community members from Emalahleni excited to receive a warm meal for the day. All recipients were marshalled to queue observing social distancing. They were served with delicious hot soup and warm bread, as a way to provide hope and sustenance during the trying Covid-19 winter. All the community members were sanitized and screened before receiving food.
A parolee from the local community, Given Mcino also joined the team to assist alongside correctional officials. Witbank Area Commissioner, Rev. Mandla Sibanyoni led the team assisted by the Area Coordinator: Social Reintegration Ms. Cynthia Hlatshwayo. “My sincere gratitude to the team who ensured the success of the initiative, through donations, procurement of ingredients and preparation of the meal. God blessed you to be a blessing to others,” said Hlatshwayo.