....Mkhize said the church and faith communities also had a crucial role in promoting restorative justice.

"For instance, spiritual workers must take the lead in creating peace in our communities by reconciling affected parties and in healing the wounds of crime," she said.

Speaking at the same conference, Inspecting Judge of Prisons Deon van Zyl said prisoners could become useful members of society if they were given the right opportunity.

Churches had an incredibly important role as a link between prisoners and the community, by educating the community to accept released inmates.

"They are not scum," he said.

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