The capacity building programme for youth at risk in the Western Cape: A community-based alternative for rehabilitation and reintegraton
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There is a growing sense of apathy and lack of focus amongst the youth, which contributes to the threat of social integration. Constructive alternatives are therefore needed to curb gangsterism, drug abuse and other criminal activities among youth at risk. It has become imperative to challenge the present situation in which crime has become one of the most attractive options facing our youth. Through a programme of contructive engagement, a substantial difference can be made in their rehabilitation and ultimately their active participation in building a safer society. A strong emphasis should be placed on the development and implementation of effective restorative justice principles, alternative sentencing and community-based rehabilitation programmes, particularly for young people in marginalised communities.