Correctional Services Youth Imbizo

In the context of the 41st Anniversary of the Soweto youth uprisings, the Department of Correctional Services has identified the importance of encouraging young people to refrain from criminality and substance abuse as a key building block towards the creation of a safe and secure South Africa.  The promotion of anti-crime awareness within the youth constituency, both inside prisons and within communities, forms part of our on going efforts to promote security and comfort. More than  7000 of South Africa’s prisoner population is constituted of youth under the age of 21 years.


Community participation in the social reintegration of parolees and ex-inmates upon their release back into their families and respective communities remains  a key pillar in our programs to reduce re-offending. In Ekurhuleni, the DCS Correctional Supervision is responsible for a total 2 688 parolees and 630 probationers who still serve their sentences from outside our facilities.


It is in line with the above,  the office of the Deputy Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Thabang Makwetla, working in collaboration with Gauteng MEC for community safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane and the Executive Mayor of Ekurhuleni, Cllr Mzwandile Masina will be embarking on an Imbizo, targeting mainly youth and the broader community of Kathorus. The overall aim of the campaign is the mobilization of society to rise and contribute meaningfully to the creation of crime free zones.


On the day, more than 200 TVET youth will watch a stage theatre/drama to be performed by inmates from the Johannesburg Correctional Facility (‘Sun City’) and receive a motivational talk from well known ex-inmate Themba Lukhele, popularly know as ‘Skeem GP’. Thereafter, the entourage will proceed for a walkabout to distribute anti-crime literature at Natalspruit Hospital Precinct (Ward 52). The final activity will be a community/ public Imbizo to be held at Change Bible Church where more than 2 000 community members are expected to gather and dialogue with public representatives.


The media is invited as follows:


Date: Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Time: 9am

Venue: Usizo TVET College, Katlehong



Venue: Natalspruit Hospital Precinct (Ward 52)

Time: 11h30


Community/ public Imbizo

Venue: Change Bible Church, Katlehong

Time: 14h30

President Zuma to address the National Youth Day commemoration

President Jacob Zuma will on Friday, 16 June 2017, address the National Youth Day commemoration in Ventersdorp, in the North West province, under the theme “The Year of OR Tambo: Advancing Youth Economic Empowerment”.

June 16 commemorates the historic and courageous uprising by students in Soweto against the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in black schools, which led to a tragic loss of life and injuries and was also a major turning point in the history of the liberation struggle in the country and in particular the participation of the youth.

This year’s commemoration coincides with the centenary celebrations of the late former President of the governing party, the African National Congress and one of the key founding fathers of South Africa’s liberation and constitutional democracy, Mr Reginald Oliver Tambo.

“On this Youth Month we encourage our young people to emulate the spirit of the youth of 1976 by contributing immensely in building a united, non-racial, non-sexist, safe and prosperous South Africa. As the youth of 1976 was at the forefront of the liberation struggle, we further encourage our young people today to lead a struggle for radical socioeconomic transformation to ensure that everyone, in particular the youth, equally participate and benefit from the economy of the country,” said President Zuma.

National Youth Day provides an opportunity to take stock of the strides that government has made in promoting youth development.

Government and its agencies, including the National Youth Development Agency, will over the month host a number of engagements including youth expos, dialogues and youth entrepreneur hubs to showcase opportunities available to young people.

The national celebrations will take place as follows:

Date: Friday, 16 June 2016
Time: 09:00
Venue: Tshing Sports Grounds, Ventersdorp, North West