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.”


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