Media advisory: Motivating young offenders to be more responsible

On Thursday, 12 July 2018, Gauteng Provincial Legislature’s (GPL) Chairperson of Committees Honourable Mike Madlala will lead a delegation of male Members of the Provincial Legislature and staff as they pay a special visit to Juvenile Offenders at the Emthonjeni Juvenile Correctional Centre. The special visit is aimed at providing motivation and mentoring to Juvenile Offenders to take responsible decisions in life and refrain from delinquent behaviour to develop into mature responsible members of society.

The Correctional Centre houses Juveniles from the age 14 to 21 of years and forms part of the Correctional Services initiatives to provide therapeutic and rehabilitation services to Juvenile Offenders in conflict with the law coming from all communities. The Men’s Forum delegation will directly interact with juvenile offenders and provide mentorship and parental counselling, with the intention of promoting good behaviour, moral regeneration and encourage social reintegration.

The visit is scheduled as follows:

Special visit to Juvenile Offenders at Emthonjeni

The visit is part of GPL’s men’s month commemoration, celebrated under the theme “Asikhulume njengamadoda”- a call to action for GPL men to engage fellow men on challenges facing them, their families and society at large; while also contributing towards raising a community of responsible men. The Men’s Forum’s main aim is to get GPL men to take a stand against gender inequality.

Throughout the month of July, the men of GPL will participate in activities directly intended to empower, educate and encourage other men in communities on all societal ills men have been predominantly perpetrators of. GPL men will lead by example and reclaim the place of man in society as a protector, provider and builder.

GPL envisages the Men’s Forum to continue contributing a positive change to the community through: running educational programmes and campaigns on relevant gender equality issues; participating in Citizens Responsibility Campaigns; organizing empowerment sessions on health, financial wellbeing and responsible behaviour. Overall, the Forum will continue taking a stand to existing and emerging social ills.

Members of the Media are invited to attend and cover the session.

For more information or interview queries, please contact Mr Thebe Khumalo 072 266 1021, email TKhumalo@gpl.gov.za or Ms Thabisile Nzuke 082 619 4411 TNzuke@gpl.gov.za