Diversion programmes can change young lives

Following a conversation about violence in South African schools on the Afternoon Drive Show, it is clear that children's safety is a major concern.

What will happen if the parents of offending children take their kids to the police station to take responsibility for their actions? This has been suggested by the social crime prevention unit at the Sophiatown police station.

Joanne Joseph speaks to Captain Makwenete Matshaba

We do understand that as parents that's not something you will normally do. Even the criminal justice system supports this because we have the Child Justice Act, which we utilise whenever children have committed crimes. Children will not have criminal records.

Makwenete Matshaba, Captain - South African Police Service

Our diversion programmes are very successful, they have an impact. We have success stories whereby these children are given community work. From then on we engage them in informal sessions.

Makwenete Matshaba, Captain - South African Police Service

Eventually, they end up trusting us and they open up. From then on it's just as a success story because the more they open up is the more they will tell us the truth.

Makwenete Matshaba, Captain - South African Police Service

This article first appeared on 702 : Diversion programmes can change young lives


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