Ex-offenders offered jobs by City

2016-05-19 06:00

The City of Cape Town has teamed up with the department of correctional services in a bid to create jobs for prisoners on parole.

In December, 10 parolees were given short-term cleaning jobs as part of the city’s expanded public works programme.

In the latest drive, 50 people on parole were employed in March and will work until the end of June.

A total of R567 833 has been allocated to the project.

The participants perform cleaning duties at police stations, schools, old-age homes and non-governmental organisations.

They work under the supervision of correctional services staff, and are required to attend a rehabilitation and reintegration programme with a social worker.

Councillor Suzette Little, the mayoral committee member for social and early childhood development, said: “It is hard to turn over a new leaf when you leave prison. “All too often, you return to the very circumstances that led you there in the first place.

“We’re trying to break that cycle by providing opportunities that will change the lives of former prisoners.”

The programme aims to help parolees to develop a work ethic, social skills and to adapt to society.

It seeks to be a stepping stone for finding employment, achieving financial independence and building confidence.

The councillor said the programme is intended to keep former prisoners of the street.

“This initiative is crucial to our efforts to prevent people from living on the streets. “Even though parolees have paid their debt to society, many of them struggle to reclaim their place. This is because of the attitude society has towards people with a criminal record and some of them end up on the street.

“We’re hoping this initiative will reduce that risk.”

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.