Former inmate seeks help

2017-06-14 06:02

The future is still bleak for a former inmate of the Tswelopele Correctional Centre, Sechaba Nelson Maseko (37), after he was released in March.

There is no trace of his long-awaited certificate.

His efforts in getting answers regarding his certificate for a course he completed in clothing manufacturing and garment making came to nothing at the Department of Correctional Services.

According to Maseko, he participated in the training course in November 2014, along with 19 other inmates in Kimberley.

They were told the course was accredited by the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College, but none of them received certificates as expected.

All he is left with, are the manuals of the course that he participated in.

These skills development courses are offered to inmates by the Department of Correctional Services as a form of rehabilitation.

“I am so disappointed with the treatment I get from the centre every time I try to enquire about my certificate. This has been going on for two years now.

“My pleas fall on deaf ears and I feel my dignity is being stripped as the officials ended up making a fool of me and said I must send a letter of enquiry to area commissioner Sacharia Modise,” said Maseko.

He described how excited he had been to do the course. He said he had given it his all, as it was the first time that he had ever attended a training course.

On Wednesday, 24 May, correctional services area commissioner Joseph Joe sang the praises of his centre.

He said they were working hard in doing something for the more than 2 500 offenders at the centre who had fallen along the way and into their hands.

“Our centre has become one of the best in terms of rehabilitation. We have passed that stage where we just want to lock the door behind them and throw away the key,” he said.

Maseko added that the course was also attended by inmates in the Free State, whom they later learned had received certificates.

  • “I need that certificate, because I had planned to open my own business after buying my own machine. That is why I am still trying to get it, even though fellow inmates gave up hope.” The Tswelopele Correctio-nal Centre had not yet responded by the time Express Northern Cape went to print.

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