Rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders remains the focus point

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Rehabilitation of inmates in Gauteng Region received a major boost after the provincial Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation donated a Public Address (PA) System, mixer, amplifier, drums, pain, paintbrushes and sewing machines.

This was part of the Department of Correctional Services’ comprehensive strategy of forging close working relationships with external stakeholders that are geared to enhance rehabilitation. External partners play an important role in helping offenders realise the impact of their actions and how they can make amends, which is an important element of the rehabilitation process.

Gauteng Regional Commissioner, Thakane Molatedi received the donation from Gauteng MEC for Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Mbali Hlophe and acting Executive Mayor for Mogale City, Peter Moeketsi at the Krugersdorp Management Area on Monday, 12 April 2021.

These creative arts equipment and tools are expected to play a major role in rehabilitating inmates and developing their artistic talents.

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In her address, MEC Hlophe said the vision of her Department include shifting the mind-set of all sectors of society including inmates and homeless kids.

She pledged support towards DCS’ rehabilitation programmes which she said contribute towards creating safer communities in the country. MEC Hlophe said the partnership with DCS will be maintained for the benefit of the community at large and particularly the inmates, in order for them to realise their potential and leave correctional centres reformed.

“We want inmates to feel as part of the society, so that upon their release, they do not regress and reoffend. If we don’t correct them, they will see themselves as outcasts and behave as such,” she said.

Ms Molatedi welcomed the donations and outlined the importance of external partnerships. She pleaded with both MEC Hlophe and acting Executive Mayor Moeketsi to ensure that the partnership is maintained for the benefit of offenders. She emphasised that it is through such interventions that successful rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders back into the society is realised.

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