DCS offers training to offenders

2018-04-27 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedOffenders show the craft they made to Department of Correctional Services officials.

PHOTO: suppliedOffenders show the craft they made to Department of Correctional Services officials.

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DEPARTMENT of Correctional Services (DCS) in the Kokstad Medium Correctional Centre has introduced a programme to train offenders, which has yielded positive results. Offenders were taught to do cane weaving after the DCS and KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Culture partnered.

Some of the offenders’ work was shown to DCS officials who were overwhelmed by their skills.

Msawenkosi Mnguni from the Department of Arts and Culture is facilitating the programme of training offenders.

Richard Khumalo, the Department of Arts and Culture Harry Gwala District assistant director, said he is delighted by the commitment and dedication shown by offenders in Kokstad. He told offenders to work hard to make money.

“Rehabilitation is a societal responsibility and the DCS can’t fight crime alone.

This programme is part of fighting crime and providing skills that can be used in future,” said DCS Kokstad Management Area acting development and care co-ordinator Siphokazi Mazwi. She asked stakeholders to contribute towards building societies.

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