Spiritual expo a first at prison

2019-10-29 06:00

The Western Cape department of correctional services (DCS) will hold its first three-day Spiritual Care Expo at the Pollsmoor Correctional Centre in Tokai from 6 to 8 November.

The expo hopes to attract service providers from all parts of the province and is aimed at embracing and strengthening partnerships with stakeholders that are promoting rehabilitation programmes in different correctional facilities.

The expo’s theme will be “Masibambisane: restoring the dignity of our people through a victim-centred rehabilitation, reconciliation and reintegration in building a crime-free South Africa”.

Director for the DCS’s Spiritual Care division, Dr Menzi Mkhathini, says the expo will showcase what service providers are offering at correctional centres.

It will also reflect on the strides made to realise the objectives of the White Paper on Corrections.

The spiritual care unit focusses on individual interviews, services and programmes that talk to the unique needs of an inmate.

“We start with an in-depth spiritual assessment, and craft a correctional sentence plan which incorporates needs-based spiritual programmes suited to each individual,” says Mkhathini.

Western Cape regional commissioner Delekile Klaas asks for more external stakeholders that are faith-based to come forward so they can align with the strategic movement of creating a just and safer society through the main stakeholder, DSC.

Stakeholders that will take part in the exhibition include the police, SANDF, Heart lines, Nicro, Hope Prison Ministries, CRC Ministries, Hillsong Foundation, World hope Ministries, Prison Care Network, TBN, Radio Pulpit, CCFM, Radio Tygerburg and more.

The three-day expo, which will start at 09:00 and end at 15:00 daily, is open to the public and attendance is free. Refreshments will be served.

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For more information on the expo or organisations and churches who would like to participate in the expo can call Lewies Davids on 078 603 1920.

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