Officials keep an eye on parolees

Parolees and probationers living in Zwelitsha and Phakamisa townships received visits from King William’s Town department of correctional services officials during a special monitoring operation last week.

PLEASE SIGN: King William’s Town Community Corrections head Landezwa Ngwabane, second from left, and a team of DCS officials visiting parolees and probationers
Picture: DESMOND COETZEE

They were visited at their homes without any notification by probation officer Thanduxolo Njikelana, head of KWT Community Corrections Landezwa Ngwabane and members attached to the Emergency Support Team.

Ngwabane said special monitoring operations were conducted quarterly with the aim of checking whether probationers and parolees complied with their conditions of house detention, as set out by the courts and those of the Correctional Supervision Parole Board.

“The purpose of these actions, among others, is basically to enhance compliance with set conditions, trace and arrest absconders, enhance crime prevention, promote visibility in the community, to deal with violators and to enhance the handling of complaints and requests,” Ngwabane said.

“During these operations, probationers and parolees who fail to comply with their conditions are traced and given a hearing so that an appropriate decision can be made.”

The operation saw 42 probationers and parolees visited, with five found to be in violation.

“I call on the communities to accept those released on parole back into their communities

“And I would also like to extend a word of gratitude to this team of 18 members who formed part of the operation,” Ngwabane said.

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