Inmates receive new lease of life

2019-09-25 06:00
At the Mangaung Correctional Centre’s certificate ceremony are, from the left, Subashini Moodley (regional commissioner, Free State and Northern Cape), Maartens van der Merwe, Petrus Motaung, Mokhale Mpanyane, Francois Coetzee, Nkosi Pha­thekile Holomisa (deputy minister of Justice and Correctional Services), Pumezo Pantsi, Sidwell Diale, Leatile Sehau, Gomo­lemo Mocoeneng and Joseph Monyante (centre director of the Mangaung Correctional Centre). Photo: Supplied

At the Mangaung Correctional Centre’s certificate ceremony are, from the left, Subashini Moodley (regional commissioner, Free State and Northern Cape), Maartens van der Merwe, Petrus Motaung, Mokhale Mpanyane, Francois Coetzee, Nkosi Pha­thekile Holomisa (deputy minister of Justice and Correctional Services), Pumezo Pantsi, Sidwell Diale, Leatile Sehau, Gomo­lemo Mocoeneng and Joseph Monyante (centre director of the Mangaung Correctional Centre). Photo: Supplied

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A group of inmates at the Mangaung Correctional Centre in Bloemfontein can look forward to a fresh start. This new lease of life came in the form of academic training.

  • Educational training is part of the centre’s rehabilitation and empowerment programme, and is supported by the Ministry of Justice and Correctional Service.

The Mangaung Correctional Centre held its annual certificate ceremony on 5 September to give recognition to inmates who have completed academic qualifications.

Altogether 131 inmates received certificates for completing their respective training programmes, while a further 130 were recognised for excelling in their educational programmes.

The centre also hosted a graduation ceremony for eight inmates who have successfully completed their studies at the University of South Africa (Unisa). Dignitaries from Unisa awarded the inmates with their degree and certificates.

Prof. Makhanya, vice-chancellor of Unisa, told inmates that learning is a lifelong journey, and encouraged them to continue their studies. By arming themselves with knowledge, they will be equipped to improve their lives.

Nkosi Phathekile Holomisa, deputy minister of Justice and Correctional Services, delivered the keynote address, highlighting that the inmates’ excellent results indicate a positive change in their lives.

“This will ensure that they can contribute to the community when they are released.”

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