SOME OF THE OTHER STEPS THE DEPART­MENT IS IM­PLE­MENT­ING IN­CLUDE:

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Since 1 April, it is com­pul­sory for ev­ery in­mate with­out a qual­i­fi­ca­tion equiv­a­lent to grade 9 to com­plete a ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion course. This year 10 393 of­fend­ers are reg­is­tered for such a course.

In the 2012 National Se­nior Cer­tifi­cate (NSC) ex­am­i­na­tions, in­mates achieved a 79.25% pass rate, com­pared to 68.06% in 2011.

Last year, R66m was spent on train­ing 5 837 of­fend­ers in scarce skills.

To com­bat gang­ster­ism the depart­ment is also im­ple­ment­ing a pro­gram called Read­ing for Re­demp­tion which en­cour­ages in­mates to read.

“How does this com­bat gang­ster­ism? It’s sim­ple. Read­ing is a soli­tary type of thing, you can­not do it in a gang or as a group of peo­ple. This pro­gramme there­fore may help break the hold of gang­ster­ism in some mea­sure,” says Nde­bele. “We do what we can.”

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