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The depart­ment also has agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tiv­ity on 21 cor­rec­tional cen­tre farms and 96 smaller veg­etable pro­duc­tion sites, all spread over some 40 000 hectares of land.

The abat­toir at Leeuwkop Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity in Jo­han­nes­burg was re­cently de­clared the best in Gaut­eng. At the Boks­burg Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre Bak­ery, 22 of­fend­ers pro­duce 2 000 loaves of bread daily, which feed 5 000 of­fend­ers.

From April 2012 to March 2013, in­mates at cor­rec­tional cen­tre farms and abat­toirs pro­duced more than 6.5m litres of milk, 551 000 kilo­grams of red meat and more than 1m kilo­grams of chicken.

The depart­ment says at least 95% of pris­on­ers will re­turn to so­ci­ety af­ter serv­ing their sen­tence.

“Of­fend­ers must re­turn as bet­ter, changed and law-abid­ing cit­i­zens. It is bet­ter to light a can­dle than to curse the dark­ness, and that’s why we’re turn­ing our cor­rec­tional cen­tres into cen­tres of learn­ing. Of­fend­ers must read, study and work. The key to re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion is em­pow­er­ing of­fend­ers to func­tion ef­fec­tively upon their re­lease,” says Nde­bele.

Equally im­por­tant is to en­sure that of­fend­ers are in­volved in pro­duc­tive ac­tiv­ity while they serve their sen­tences, sim­ply be­cause pris­on­ers spend so much time be­hind bars.

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