Establishment of ex-offender help desks across the country

By Drum Digital
27 June 2016

Correctional Services National Commissioner Zach Modise has pledged to set a target of more than 30% for employment of ex-offender by companies tendering for work in Correctional Services.

Correctional Services National Commissioner Zach Modise has pledged to set a target of more than 30% for employment of ex-offenders by companies tendering for work in Correctional Services.

Modise was addressing a fourth regional ex-offender workshop held in Grootvlei Correctional Centre in Bloemfontein on Thursday.

Modise said he would ensure the establishment of ex-offender help desks across the country starting with the six regions of correctional services in the nine provinces of South Africa.

Modise believes more work must be done to relax stringent measures regulating conditions of ex-offender employment.

He also appealed to ex-offenders to declare upfront their criminal records to prospective employers.

The Department of Correctional services says unemployment and “unemployability” of ex-offenders because of their criminal records has consistently been raised as one of the most serious challenges confronting ex-offenders irrespective of the skills and education levels amassed while in custody.

They want to create a maintenance programme from outsourcing to insourcing in order to employ, ex-offender with technical skills on a contractual basis.

“Work is at an advanced stage to review the seven year old criminal records management regime as led by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development,” says Modise.

Dialogues to mark the establishment of ex-offenders desks have taken place in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, Northern Cape and the Free State.

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