Female inmates at the Kimberley Correctional Centre were given an opportunity to celebrate Christmas. This happened through a Christmas party organised by prison officials.

The inmates also performed a stage play and sang Christmas carols.

A Spirit of Christmas behind bars was in full swing at the Kimberley Correctional Centre. As correctional centres’ vision is to rehabilitate, inmates were given an opportunity to demonstrate what Christmas means for them. The inmates say they appreciate the centre’s effort to make them feel special on Christmas day.

“I feel very happy even though I’m not with my family, but they say family is only blood. The people who care and these people at Correctional Services, they care,” says one inmate.

“Christmas is important because it’s a day our saviour was born and he died for our sins,” says another.

Kimberley Correctional Centre Unit Manager Boitumelo Makgari says this is the first time the prison is hosting a Christmas Party for the inmates.

“To show the women that are in female sections that we are together as women, because this is a special category unit where officials are females, offenders are female. So, we want this Christmas to be special to them,” says Makgari

As this is a day for giving, love and sharing, inmates also exchanged gifts with prison officials.