Young offenders can reform

Written by Lentswe. Posted in Community

Lentswe, Klerksdorp - In commemoration of Youth Month, Matlosana Secure Care Centre held a Youth Day celebration last week for young offenders awaiting trial and residential diversion placed at the centre in Jouberton.

The event took place on June 24. The concept of the event revolved around reminding the young people that although they committed mistakes that landed them at the centre, it does not mean that their future is decided.
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“Just because you are here due to the mistakes you committed in the past, you still have a chance to better yourself and live a meaningful life beyond the Secure Care Centre,” Phyllis Fourie, institution manager, said.

Offenders who served time at Correctional Service facilities spoke to the young offenders at the Secure Care Centre and told them about the consequences of a life of crime and the dangers of life behind bars.

“Make the most of the time you have here and learn as much skills as possible. Life here at the centre is highly privileged than the realities of prison. If you think gangsterism is the way of life, change your mindset because there is no future in living a life of crime,” one of the offenders said.

Matlosana Secure Care Centre provides services to young offenders awaiting trial and residential diversion. There is a range of vocational and educational programmes such as arts and crafts, culinary arts, welding, woodwork, Adult Based Education and Training (ABET) and therapeutic programmes that they youth are exposed to while awaiting trial.