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Moyane: Educate young offenders

2011-06-20 15:11

Johannesburg - Better rehabilitation is needed for young offenders to improve literacy and make them employable, the correctional services commissioner said on Monday.

About a quarter of inmates were either completely illiterate or semi-literate and only 15 000 had been able to access pre-adult basic education and training in correctional centres during the 2010/2011 financial year, Tom Moyane said in an opinion piece.

"They have limited prospects of ever being absorbed by industries upon their release."

He said some inmates were sentenced to life imprisonment in their teenage years and were considered for parole 20 years later. Without attending school, they were as illiterate as they were when they were incarcerated.

The Usethubeni Youth Centre in the Durban Westville prison was the only full-time school that achieved good matric results year after year. Twelve other youth prisons however had no access to full-time schooling.

Negotiations with several training colleges, particularly in the Western Cape, were underway to enrol over 19 600 offenders for further education and training.

He said a partnership with the South African Safety and Security, Education and Training agency, which provided R1.6m for training offenders, had produced 50 electricians, plumbers and welders.

"What we owe to the class of 1976, is to improve rehabilitation and development, particularly for young people, because the future is theirs and they must be groomed to assume leadership, management and general responsibility for building a democratic and prosperous South Africa, as envisaged in our Constitution," Moyane said.

Comments
  • Pigmalion - 2011-06-20 15:22

    HA ha ha! I suppose that is one way to finally educate the ANC youth.

      letsee - 2011-06-20 15:23

      People like you, who only find negative, are more useless than the ANC.

      Gorilla - 2011-06-20 15:29

      Why would they want to get an education and work for a living when all the government is doing is promising them land, houses, jobs and money for sitting on their arses.

      letsee - 2011-06-20 15:33

      Pigmalion, make an effort and give a suggestion of what should be done. If you want to help your country tell the ANC what should be done if YOU HAVE THE FOGGIEST IDEA of course.

      Pigmalion - 2011-06-20 15:41

      Letsee. If I was more useless than the ANC I would be the president. Wake up - our education system is of the worst on the continent. Can't we rather get the level of education sorted out for the average law abiding citizen before we start trying to help the dude who made a choice to be taken off the streets by breaking laws. Again, criminals getting more rights. So, if by useless you mean I am a realist about the lack of education, massive crime rate, forcible land reforms and the racist sentiments spewed everyday from the ANC - then yep I'm pretty useless right now. And I can find positives in this country - did you see the Sharks game Saturday?

      BoB - 2011-06-20 16:32

      Why not educate them before commiting crimes?

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-20 15:30

    EDUCATION IS THE ANSWER !!! Poorly educated people make poor leaders.

  • letsee - 2011-06-20 15:31

    Quite frankly the people looking after inmates from doctors to wardens are pretty incompetent. Being the case, for as outstanding as I find the suggestion to educate inmates to be, it will expand incompetence. The commissioner should get his organization working professionally before spending tax payers’ money to expand services without adequate infrastructures which makes him look good in the short term. One should also consider the fact that the commissioner didn’t “discover” anything new for the same is done in many other countries where prisons are managed competently.

  • kaMazibuko - 2011-06-20 16:20

    Thats good, please make sure this is implemented

  • dotty_01 - 2011-06-21 07:13

    dont waste your time, moyane. just hang the lot of them... and then there is no need to waste anymore of my taxes on lost causes.

  • Vincent Fouche - 2013-10-07 12:19

    I suggest that short term prisoners should be trained to build houses and become educated in that fashion, brick layers, plumbers ect. clean hospitals and streets take the load off tax payers as the prisoner owes us we pay there food bill

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