Pris­on­ers give their tes­ti­mony

Go! & Express - - NEWS - SIVE­NATHI GOSA

The de­part­ment of cor­rec­tional ser­vices (DCS) held a three-day moral re­gen­er­a­tion round-ta­ble di­a­logue be­tween of­fi­cials and of­fend­ers at West Bank Prison Hall.

Un­der the theme “har­ness­ing moral trans­for­ma­tion through di­a­logue and sports”, var­i­ous stake­hold­ers from the com­mu­nity and DCS worked to­gether to help in­tro­duce the cul­ture of moral right­ness to strengthen of­fender re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion as well as to iden­tify so­cial is­sues and find so­lu­tions to fight moral de­cay.

Cor­rec­tional ser­vices act­ing area com­mis­sioner Sheila Nteta said the pro­gramme was aimed at en­cour­ag­ing di­a­logue on moral val­ues, or­gan­i­sa­tional cul­ture, code of ethics, tol­er­ance, so­cial co­he­sion as well as ad­vo­cat­ing against vi­o­lence against women and chil­dren.

“Our mis­sion is to con­trib­ute to a peace­ful coun­try through in­car­cer­a­tion, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and so­cial in­te­gra­tion of of­fend­ers. Some of them are here be­cause of dif­fer­ent cir­cum­stances that forced them to com­mit crime,” said Nteta.

Con­victed rapist Ndu­miso Bethela, 40, who is serv­ing a life sen­tence at the Mdantsane prison, shared his tes­ti­mony. “When I was in­car­cer­ated, my daugh­ter was only two years old. She is now 13 and we are strangers to each other,” he said.

“Be­ing in prison has given me time to think about my crime and how it has af­fected the peo­ple around me from my fam­ily and com­mu­nity.”

Pic­ture:SIVE­NATHI GOSA

COM­ING TO­GETHER: As­sis­tant direc­tor of Spir­i­tual Care, Vuyelwa Leg­wale, fa­cil­i­tates the di­a­logue be­tween of­fi­cials and pris­on­ers at the West Bank Prison Hall

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.