On 31 July 2021, Johannesburg Community Corrections sealed a fitting closure to the Mandela Month by embarking on a collaboration project with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJCD) to refurbish the Lenasia Magistrate Court in the south of Johannesburg. The project included 27 parolees, officials from the Department of Correctional Services (DCS), resident Magistrates, prosecutors of Lenasia Court, and Adv. Doctor Mashabane, the Director-General of DOJCD.
Parolees in Johannesburg responded positively to the call to assist in restoring the court building to make it more accessible and conducive to the public and those who serve the Judiciary in Lenasia. Work conducted include painting, electrical installations, general repair and tidying of the surroundings to ensure full utilisation of all court rooms and the entire court precinct.
Offender labour remains a critical commodity in DCS where tangible community impact can be made and sustained during the incarceration process, and at the business-end of corrections. Community projects remain key to building and securing community trust in the rehabilitation and the system of parole. “The chain of the integrated justice system is reliant on partnership. It is rare to find the decision makers of sentences enforced at courts and the recipients of those who are sentenced working side-by-side to respond to community needs,” said Adv. Mashabane.
The purpose of Community Corrections is to provide services and interventions that will contribute to the reintegration of offenders into communities as law abiding citizens. Community corrections ensures that parolees and probationers are rehabilitated, monitored and accepted by communities through community-based sentences which are served by offenders in the community under the control and supervision of correctional officials.
Community Corrections is dependent on the Correctional Supervision and Parole Boards (CSPBs’) in partnership with the courts, to consistently allocate community service to newly released persons conditioned to parole or correctional supervision, to meet the need for community service projects.