Correctional Services regional commissioner Delekile Klaas said thanks to a partnership with the department and the Hillsong Foundation, John Curtlin from Porterville will be mobile.
The Department of Correctional Services teamed up with the foundation in 2013 and have since distributed 2 039 wheelchairs to disabled people around the Western Cape, Limpopo, Gauteng, Eastern Cape, Free State and Northern Cape.
The wheelchairs are funded by the Free Wheelchair Mission in the US. When they arrive in SA they are assembled by offenders before they are handed out to those in need.
“So far this project has yielded very positive results, as it gives offenders a very good sense of worth, knowing that they are giving back to communities by changing the lives of the disabled.