Inmates give school a ‘facelift’

2017-07-28 06:00
Photo: siphelele nketoOffenders and volunteers give the school a ‘facelift’.

Photo: siphelele nketoOffenders and volunteers give the school a ‘facelift’.

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DEPARTMENT of Correctional Services parolees, probationers and offenders cleaned and painted Kokstad Public Primary­ School to celebrate Mandela­ Day on Tuesday.

This as part of the Department of Correctional Services in the Kokstad Management Area responding to the call of changing lives.

Kokstad Management Area communication officer Bonginkosi Mbotshwa said the department’s programme entails offenders doing community work, which empowers them with skills development.

“When an offender is released from a correctional centre, the department wants them to do what they have been taught to become responsible and respected citizens,” said Mbotshwa.

The school was adopted by the Department of Correctional Services and as a result three classrooms were built by offenders and handed over last year.

The department is also renovating 100 school desks, and principal Siphesihle Mkhize thanked the depart- ment for everything.

Expanded Public Works Programme employees, South African Communist Party members and community also painted and cleaned the windows.

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