Inmates celebrate womanhood

2014-08-22 00:00

FIVE hundred women inmates from across KZN yesterday forgot about their jail terms for a while and just celebrated being women.

They were invited to be part of the Women’s Day Celebration organised by the Department Correctional Services (DCS).

Speaking to The Witness, inmate Phindile Nkosi from Newcastle, who is serving a life sentence in Westville Correctional Centre, said she had been married to an abusive man and when she could not take it any longer, she decided to have him killed.

“I am not proud of my actions but I am paying for my sin and wish that women who are in the same situation as I was once in, would leave before it is too late,” she said.

Nkosi has been in jail for 13 years.

She said the good thing about today’s society is that there are organisations that help women in abusive relationships.

Another inmate, Lilly Manbodh from Inanda, who is also serving a life sentence in Westville Correctional Centre, was arrested for murder and robbery.

“Because of coming from a poverty-stricken family and unemployment, I did what I had to do for my two children without thinking of the consequences,” she said.

Manbodh said if she knew better she would not have done the things that she did because her children have grown up without her. “My family was also affected because I was the first woman at home to be arrested.”

Manbodh has completed her matric and is now studying hospitality. “I want to be prepared for the world outside,” she said.


KZN DCS Regional Commissioner Mnikelwa Nxele said: “We come from centuries where women leadership was undermined and this is the time to allow women to lead because perhaps the wars that confront us will end with more women in leadership roles.

“Women all over must encourage each other more so that we can see change in their plight,” Nxele added.

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