Ndebele: Young inmates need support

2012-08-30 17:17

Johannesburg - Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele on Thursday called on mothers to lend support to the more than 53 000 young inmates in prisons across the country.

"We call upon mothers in particular, to help us focus on the many young inmates who happen to be young black men," he said in a statement marking the end of Women's Month.

Ndebele said crime was the result of failures in the societies children grew up in.

"The fact that these children, as young as 17, have committed serious crimes should make society question where we have failed in protecting them from a life of crime.

"The average offender is a young substance abuser who has dropped out of school, is functionally illiterate and, more often, homeless.

"For most of them the only family they know is the other prisoners and the only parents they know is the system of corrections."

Ndebele said support from society was critical to help them back into a normal life.

  • max.reynecke - 2012-08-30 17:27

    What about the millions of law abiding youths outside of jail that needs support?

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-08-30 19:09

      He most probably means give them even more perks like 24hrs 7 days per week free movement through removed jail doors'

  • afrikeni - 2012-08-30 17:41

    And you the same government never pip a word about family planning and responsible parenting. Hell, you even give away grants to those who breed kids they can't afford who mostly likely end up as juveniles offenders in your correctional pens & now you seek help from whom? STOP the source, educate, educate!

      j1c17u5s - 2012-08-30 18:38

      R10 bn worth of social grants to be exact. How about cutting social grants in half and spend the other half on proper education. Then you will not have the problem with the "poor jung criminals". Teach to fish don't keep on giving the fish. You dumb asses.

  • Riffak Traws - 2012-08-30 18:43

    No strategy, no patience, no plan, no perseverance, no morals. And that's only the government.

  • keithpatkell - 2012-08-30 19:04

    Oh how LUDICROUS! The statements from anc politicians become more outrageous by the day. Who invited them into the life of crime?.....the FAILED anc governmental systems, is who! Now they appeal to the parents to sort out the problems that they, the "rulers" have failed to do. HUGE "fail" to this minister!

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-08-30 19:12

      These guys actually get paid trying to be as nice as possible towards those that are not very nice unto others.

  • Vince.York - 2012-08-30 19:23

    Ugugh uguh uguugh Boogahhhh, the 'wont work crew' has grown alarmingly hasn't it, under the strict guidance of this racist anc. Are we sure these are not bused around the country to perpetrate farm murders in line with the unwritten policy of the ruling regime, just as that inhuman selfish cliffhanger next door did? You chaps deliberately left the borders more open than a rusted sieve for drug trafficking, go ask Cele, the grand spymaster and his floozy. You chaps also have slapped the best avenues of basic education in the face repeatedly as in DEAT over the past years (go ask any ntsaluba or giqwa or mbeki) and NOW you sound of feebly ugugh uguh buuguh as to what you have created? astounding. Never mind, go have a champagne breakfast with Jeff Radebe and some Motsepe family and dream up some other ways that can transform and blacken SA so that it has to be different to any other way in the world. NXA!!!!! throw in a malema or shivambu or ehrenreich, even zuma

  • gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-30 20:07

    The ANC needs support. It is the weakest organisation in the country.

  • Adil Smit - 2012-08-30 22:32

    The victims of crimes are the ones that need support.

  • japiejj.dutoit - 2012-10-04 12:28

    Just what difference will they make. Once a criminal always one. They don't even respect their own parents, they even rape their own gogo's. Let them rot in jail, because when you do the crime - remember you will do the time.

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