Drakenstein Prison launches entrepreneurship program for offenders

Candidates will undergo intensive business & entrepreneurship training over a six month period.

FILE: A National Director for the Message Entrepreneurship Program Drakenstein Prison says unemployment is one of the reasons people get dragged back into anti-social behaviour. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - National Director for the Message Entrepreneurship Program at the Drakenstein Correctional Centre, Tim Tucker, has highlighted the importance of rehabilitating offenders so that they can be reintegrated into society.

Thursday saw the official launch of the program where candidates will undergo an intensive six-month business and entrepreneurship training.

Tucker says, "What we do is seek to create an environment for guys either caught up in gangs or in prisons, to be able to change their life around."

He mentioned that one of the key components of the programme is employment.

"If you want to turn your life around it's actually being able to be economically active."

He says unemployment is one of the reasons that people get dragged back into anti-social behaviour.

"It's also important to know how to turn your back on that stuff when there is so much dragging you in."

LISTEN: Drakenstein Correctional Centre sees launch of entrepreneurship program for offenders.