IF the Department of Correctional Service’s national chief operations officer, Nontsikelelo Jolingana, achieves her department’s aims she will help bring a new era of professionalism and respectability to correctional services in South Africa.
Delivering an impassioned address yesterday to 205 correctional services employees from across the Eastern Cape at St Albans Prison in Greenbushes, Port Elizabeth, Jolingana was forthright in her evaluation of the problems facing correctional services in the country and the public image of the department and its activities.
But she was equally passionate and enthusiastic about the steps required to address the issues and highly positive that the service could overcome its many challenges.
Jolingana’s address to the employees – who are professionals such as nurses, psychologists and teachers employed by the department – forms part of a broad national programme to address challenges facing the service across the country and includes strategic interventions directed at specific target groups, such as young officials in the service.
Her visit to St Albans was part of a programme entitled “Regional Work Session for Professional Development of Staff”.
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