Second network meeting in March 2012

The second meeting of the Network on Reducing Re-offending was held on 22 and 23 March 2012 in Johannesburg. The attendees used the opportunity to thrash out issues of accountability and the mechanics of the Network a well as plotting the way forward. Robust discussions were held and it was resolved that the Network would make a submission to Parliament ahead of the DCS Budget Vote. The next meeting will be held in July in Cape Town.

Presentations were heard from Amanda Dissel who was commissioned to put forward a literature review depicting best practice in reducing re-offending. It was noted that as organisations, we are not doing enough to write about, and publish the work that we are carrying out. Partnering with Universities or researchers may be a way to expand our knowledge base of the South African experience.

Amanda Dissel presents her paper as Khethiwe Cele and Sabelo Rala listen attentively.

Azwihangwisi Nesengani who is Project Managing the Half-way House initiative within the DCS and Britta Rotmann also presented and fielded questions about what the plans of this initiative are going forward and what role might Civil Society Organisations have to play in ensuring that the national roll out will be a success.

Hangwi makes his presentation on the Half-way House Initiative which is being piloted in Naturena, Soweto.

Parliament submission

We made a submission to Parliament which was read in Parliament on 17 April 2012. You can read it by navigating to Documents - Submissions on the menu.

Inaugural meeting of the Driver Group

The Network on Reducing Re-offending (NRR) held its inaugural meeting of the Driver Group on 6 and 7 July 2011 at iKhaya Guest Lodge in Cape Town. The network brings together practitioners and academics in the Criminal Justice System. It will facilitate dialogue, research and provide information about what services exist in the quest to reduce re-offending. The meeting gave the collective a road map to discuss and key objectives were ratified. It is hoped that the NRR will benefit member groups, both established and emerging organisations and will create more integrated processes for smoother delivery of services to serving inmates. The creation of efficient referral mechanisms for organisations and inmates are envisaged.

The Parliamentary Programme housed within the Community Law Clinic at the University of the Western Cape may be a vehicle for organisations to interface with policy-makers. The NRR should have a role to play, not just in influencing written legislation but also in providing practical applications in ensuring that policies become living documents.


Attendees of the meeting of the Driver Group of the Network on Reducing Re-offending: Venessa Padayachee, Tarisai Mchuchu-Ratshidi, Mohlolo Kgopane, Lukas Muntingh, Nonceba Lushaba, Solomon Thwala, Tsegofatso Maswabi, Sabelo Rala and Solomon Madikane

The next meeting of the Driver Group will be held on 22 and 23 March 2012 at the Park Inn.