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Cape Town

Correctional facilities

  • Cape Town Community Corrections http://www.dcs.gov.za/AboutUs/COE/centre/WC/CTComCor.aspx was officially opened on 1st April 1992. It was then the only second Community Corrections office in the country, the first being in Pretoria. Initially there were only fourteen members including the head Mr. Lourens JG. In its sixteen years of existence, there have been five Heads and two acting Heads. In the beginning, all the administration was done by hand. Computers were only installed during December 1992. Out of this office, three other offices were established namely Stellenbosch, Mithchells Plain and Bellville. This is an indication of the vast area previously serviced by this one office. The first probationer to be admitted, Fatiema Soeker, still visits on a regular basis and has fond memories of the time she spent under correctional supervision.
  • Goodwood Centre of Excellence. Goodwood Management Area http://www.dcs.gov.za/AboutUs/COE/centre/WC/GoodwoodCC.aspxwas officially opened by the minister of Correctional Services at the time, Dr. S.E.Mzimela, in 1997. It was named after the municipal area Goodwood. The main purpose was to accommodate awaiting trial detainees (ATD’s), but due to overcrowding challenges of other correctional centres situated within the Western Cape, inter alia Pollsmoor, Drakenstein, Helderstroom, etc., the department conclusively decided to transform Goodwood to being one of the Centres of Excellence’, based on its strive to its recognizable standards of serving for all categories offenders, which includes sentenced, ATD’s and further charges.
  • Bellville Community Corrections Office: Centre of Excellence. The Bellville Social Reintegration Office (COMCOR)http://www.dcs.gov.za/AboutUs/COE/centre/WC/BElvilleComCor.aspx, was opened and functional as from December 1997. The official opening was done by the Minister of Correctional Services at the time, Dr. S.E. Mzimela on 27 March 1998. Initially, Cape Town Community Corrections was the only office rendering community services to parolees and probationers in both the Tygerberg and metropolis, the opening of Bellville Social Reintegration Office was aimed at taking services nearer to the broader community. Currently this office is situated in the Fintrust Building on the third floor as from December 2006. Bellville Social Reintegration Office is the only SRI office that has the Presidents Awards Project running in the Western Cape Region. The Presidents Awards Project in general is only running within Correctional Centres. Bellville Social Reintegration services 15 regions.

Civil society

  • Young in Prison South Africa (YiPSA). http://www.younginprison.org.za/YipSA is a non-profit organisation that seeks to prepare children and youth in conflict with the law in making a positive transition from incarceration back into society. Their head office is in Cape Town, but they are also active in Johannesburg. They focus on Rehabilitation, Reintegration and Advocacy. In rehabilitation, they use art therapy to facilitate behaviour modification and psychosocial development of incarcerated youth offenders. They offer this in five correctional facilities, child and youth-care centres and to communities in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Their reintegration programme supports released youth offenders to successfully reintegrate into mainstream society through entrepreneurial and personal development workshops. Their advocacy work involves engagement with communities and policy-makers in South Africa on issues that affect the fair, humane and inclusive treatment of youth and children in conflict with the law. They publish a magazine called InsideOut and have space for interns and volunteers.


Elsewhere in the Western Cape

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Civil society