Inmates taught agriculture

2017-05-12 06:00
Correctional Services staff and inmates in their vegetable garden.Photo: supplied

Correctional Services staff and inmates in their vegetable garden.Photo: supplied

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INMATES at Kokstad Medium Correctional Centre are learning how to grow vegetables on the prison premises with the intention of donating them to orphanages in Kokstad.
This after a partnership between the Department of Agriculture and Kokstad Medium Correctional Centre to train 11 inmates in agriculture.

Abednego Dlamini, the acting head of the centre, said inmates are trained to grow vegetables to fight poverty once they are released from prison.
He said although there is not enough space for more agriculture inside the prison, they are preparing to create additional space which inmates will able to use for gardens.
“There is money in agriculture and people can get rich if they can use land to grow crops and vegetables,” said Dlamini.

Correctional services staff members Bandile Phohlo, Lizo Bala and Msa Svuka were commended for teaching inmates about agriculture.
Inmates supported the initiative and promised to start a garden at home once they complete their sentence. - Supplied.

 

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