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Gauteng Safety tries to scare teenagers off a life of crime by showing them prisons

2017/08/17 Rofhiwa Marubini-Tshitahe

​The visit also forms part of the Gauteng Premier David Makhura’s programme of investing in the girl child.

​Gauteng MEC for Gauteng Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane has taken fifty young ladies on a prison tour aimed at discouraging them from a life of crime.

MEC Nkosi Malobane said the girls had already shown signs of being delinquents and the visit to Sun City, Correctional service housing female inmates was to encourage them to refrain from a life of crime and drug abuse. 

The visit also forms part of the Gauteng Premier David Makhura’s programme of investing in the girl child. 

“We selected these girls because they have already displayed warning signs of drug abuse, theft and gangsterism.

“We do understand that these offenders are already on the other side of the law, but positive talk can change our country, as we speak positive upon our children we are bringing a better generation,” she said. 

The MEC the department is planning to also revive youth clubs in communities where young people can gather and interact with each other through the arts.

34-year-old ex-offender Morwesi Theledi, was released last year, after serving her ten-year sentence for defrauding the bank, she is now the ambassador of the Department of Community Safety. 

Theledi said she invested in the time that she spent at the conentre. She is currently on top 100 in “Movers and Shakers” South Africa and nominated at the Basadi Vita Awards. 

“While serving time I became a role model to other offenders, MEC Nkosi-Malobane spotted me while I was still serving time, she saw potential in me,” said Theledi 

Theledi said her worst experience was when she gave birth to her son in prison. 

17 year old, Melubuhle Sibanda from African House College said she thought offenders live a luxury life, and they enjoy being in prison but the visit has been an eye opener.

“These people are regretting their actions, it is better to live like a fool than to regret one day,” said Sibanda