Inmate’s handwork to go on sale towards victim and prisoner fund
Klerksdorp Museum, has given an opportunity to prisoners to showcase their art work and make a rand or two.
Deputy Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Thabang Makwetla launched an art gallery at the Klerksdorp Museum in the disused prison on the 21st of June. “Offenders have produced thousands of outstanding work of art which remain locked in stores across the country and the introduction of art galleries would open career doors for these offenders and the work will be available on sale for locals and visitors” said Makwetla.
Makwetla further said “the gallery with exquisite paintings by offenders is expected to boost tourism in the city and the local economy. Revenue generated would be split between prisoner’s victim or the community affected by the prisoners crime, the prisoner and the department for providing material”, said Makwetla.
Makwetla concluded by saying the creative industry is growing and contributing billions of rands to South Africa’sf wealth and was an integral part of rehabilitating offenders and giving them hope for the future”.