oa Article 40 - Diversion initiatives in Noupoort

Volume 2 Number 4
  • ISSN : 1562-4382



Noupoort, a small town in the Eastern Cape, has successfully initiated a diversion programme, This was made possible mainly by the tireless efforts of Magistrate Roberts, the funding from an international donor, Open Society Foundation, and other role-players. When the town found itself without a social worker in November last year and thus without any diversion programmes for child offenders, the presiding magistrate did not throw his hands in the air. Instead, he solicited help from a number of NGO experts and other roleplayers.

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