undefined
<p>
	<strong>Staff Reporter</strong><br />
	<br />
	OVER 100 offenders on probation and parolees attended the dialogue on issues surrounding crime, integration of ex-offenders in the community and the formation of cooperatives for job creation. The dialogue was held at Thusong Youth Centre where officials from the Randburg’s Community Corrections urged ex-offenders to group themselves to form cooperatives. They were given two weeks to put together their concepts and models.<br />
	<br />
	State institutions told ex-offenders to be committed in making their dreams come true. The officials said they will market their businesses to the private sector to ensure that they acquire businesses. Based on this positive step, ex-offenders were encouraged to recommit themselves after committing various crime activities.<br />
	<br />
	However, some of the parolees reported that it was hard for them to have their businesses registered as they don’t have birth certificates to enable them to get IDs. Meanwhile, officials committed themselves to interact with Home Affairs. The officials agreed to have similar dialogues twice a month, depending on the availability of the parolees. Assistant head of Randburg Community Corrections, Ramogolo Kau said, ”We are working together with organizations that deal with ex-offenders to put together programmes that will change their lives for the better, including dialogues, skills development and job creation. They were encouraged to utilize the skills they learned in Correctional Centres such as computers, business skills and horticulture, but they showed no interest.”<br />
	<br />
	Kau said they are finalising logistics for training that will be held soon in Alexandra and Tembisa on various skills development, saying that they also have outreach programmes through Randburg Community Forum to ensure that parolees are welcomed into society.<br />
	<br />
	“The Department is in the process of putting together a programme that will help the victims and perpetrators to meet each other in an attempt to remedy the situation and break the ice.” However, Thusong Youth Centre Director Beauty More said although the dialogue was fruitful, more work still need to be done on the parolees to instil self-esteem.</p>
EX-CONVICTS INSPIRED TO GO COMMERCIAL

Staff Reporter

OVER 100 offenders on probation and parolees attended the dialogue on issues surrounding crime, integration of ex-offenders in the community and the formation of cooperatives for job creation. The dialogue was held at Thusong Youth Centre where officials from the Randburg’s Community Corrections urged ex-offenders to group themselves to form cooperatives. They were given two weeks to put together their concepts and models.

State institutions told ex-offenders to be committed in making their dreams come true. The officials said they will market their businesses to the private sector to ensure that they acquire businesses. Based on this positive step, ex-offenders were encouraged to recommit themselves after committing various crime activities.

However, some of the parolees reported that it was hard for them to have their businesses registered as they don’t have birth certificates to enable them to get IDs. Meanwhile, officials committed themselves to interact with Home Affairs. The officials agreed to have similar dialogues twice a month, depending on the availability of the parolees. Assistant head of Randburg Community Corrections, Ramogolo Kau said, ”We are working together with organizations that deal with ex-offenders to put together programmes that will change their lives for the better, including dialogues, skills development and job creation. They were encouraged to utilize the skills they learned in Correctional Centres such as computers, business skills and horticulture, but they showed no interest.”

Kau said they are finalising logistics for training that will be held soon in Alexandra and Tembisa on various skills development, saying that they also have outreach programmes through Randburg Community Forum to ensure that parolees are welcomed into society.

“The Department is in the process of putting together a programme that will help the victims and perpetrators to meet each other in an attempt to remedy the situation and break the ice.” However, Thusong Youth Centre Director Beauty More said although the dialogue was fruitful, more work still need to be done on the parolees to instil self-esteem.

COJ
Ad
Facebook
Twitter
© Copyright Greater Alex Today 2016.