Parolees invited to share challenges

2016-07-22 06:00
Parolees and correctional services staff at the dialogue.  Photo: Siphelele Nketo

Parolees and correctional services staff at the dialogue. Photo: Siphelele Nketo

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MANY Kokstad parolees are not accepted in certain­ areas, however, they are accepted in other areas.

On Wednesday the Department of Correctional Services under Kokstad Management Area­ held a dialogue where parolees spoke about their feelings and the challenges they experienced in their families.

The meeting was attended by stakeholders, community members, families and correctional services staff.

Nceba Paraffin (38) is a parolee and a pastor at Ark of Restoration Church in Kokstad.

“During my incarceration I studied theology. Now I spread the word of God. It was difficult for people to accept me, but now people believe in me.

“Being called an inmate changed after I joined church to be a pastor.”

Bajabulile Mpisi, head of community corrections of Kokstad Management Area said families and the community should accept parolees in their community.

“The purpose of having this dialogue is to check challenges faced by them.”

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