SOME OF THE OTHER STEPS THE DEPARTMENT IS IMPLEMENTING INCLUDE:
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.”