Correctional Services strengthen working relationships

2016-10-21 06:00
 Photo: supplied At the meeting, Area Commissioner Eric Mfenqe (front left), officials from Department of Correctional Services, SAPS and stakeholders.

Photo: supplied At the meeting, Area Commissioner Eric Mfenqe (front left), officials from Department of Correctional Services, SAPS and stakeholders.

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THE Department of Correctional Services strengthened its working relationship with the community and stakeholders at a meeting in Matatiele recently.

The meeting was attended by traditional leaders, community
policing forums­, religious leaders, councillors and Department of
Correctional Services officials.

The area commissioner at Kokstad Management Area, Eric Mfenqe, said the purpose of the meeting was to build a working relationship with stakeholders and ensure that people are informed about the services of the department.

“The Department of Correctional Services is a place where inmates, who have done wrong, are corrected. It is the duty of the department to inform the public when releasing inmates on parole.

“It is also the responsibility of the public to make sure that parolees behave in their area, if not, then they must inform the department.”

Mfenqe called for departments to organise crime awareness campaigns in schools to educate the youth about the dangers of crime.

In the meeting it was highlighted that some former inmates are now working in companies using the skills they were taught through the Department of Correctional Services.

SAPS spokesperson Raphael Motloung said there is a good working relation between SAPS and the Department of Correctional Services.

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