Eighteen offenders in Boksburg have become artisans through a training programme by the correctional service department.
702's John Robbie spoke to National Commissioner of Correctional Services, Zach Modise, about the recent developments.
Listen to the interview below:
It's logic that if they don't have skills or find employment then they'll revert to back to crime.— Zach Modise, National Commissioner of Correctional Services
There is quite a sustainable transformation of our facilities and Bokburg is one of the shining example of what can be achieved in a prison facility.— Zach Modise, National Commissioner of Correctional Services
It's only the first part of what we term the turnaround at Boksburg. We have 25 offenders who have qualified themselves as artisans. These offenders can start doing work for themselves and employ others.— Zach Modise, National Commissioner of Correctional Services
John also spoke to a life sentence offender and recent graduate, Dumisane Maphosa, about his accomplishment during his incarceration and his plans for his life outside of prison. He is serving a sixteen-year sentence for attempted murder.
I've been in prison for ten years, I get out in 26 of September this year. I'm happy to have this certificate.— Dumisane Maphosa, graduate and attempted murder offender
It did make a big difference in their lives because most of the guys are focused with developing themselves.— Dumisane Maphosa, graduate and attempted murder offender