Crime: Learners taught pitfalls

2016-02-18 06:00
Sello Mangwana, the founder of Full Moon Records (behind the learners), Khumbulani Kuwana, Tatenda Treywold Msesa and learners from Sinethemba High School, in Philippi, on Friday, during the motivational talk.  PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

Sello Mangwana, the founder of Full Moon Records (behind the learners), Khumbulani Kuwana, Tatenda Treywold Msesa and learners from Sinethemba High School, in Philippi, on Friday, during the motivational talk. PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

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Full Moon Records, formed by a group of youngsters, has taken a conscientious decision to embark on a crime, drugs and gang fighting strategy in Philippi.

This they do by holding sessions at schools in the area, where they speak-out against the havoc caused by gang territory wars and drugs use among learners.

The first session was held at Sinethemba High School on Friday.

The long-term mission is to visit all schools, including primary, secondary and high schools.

Sello Mangwana, the founder of Full Moon Records, said they saw the need to take part in crime-prevention in the area by speaking to learners at local schools which they felt were vulnerable to getting involved in criminal activities.

“Our vision is to motivate learners to stay away from gangsterism and drugs. We targeted them because we believe that we can mould them to stay in the right path as opposed to changing them only when they become adults. There are a number of youths who want to change their ways, but lack motivation. For 15 years Nyanga has been known as a murder capital and we want to change that,” Mangwana said.

Mangwana said the motivational team will also include ex-offenders as motivational speakers.

Thandikhaya “Jisto” Mtshuka is one such offender, who was released from prison four months ago.

Mtshuka is still building up the confidence to come out and speak to others about his past brush with the law.

He has signed with the recording company, thoug, and is due to release a solo soon.

Mangwana, also a member of Ruffest-a hip hop group- said they have recently started a soccer team, Moon-hood United which consists of U/11, 15 and a senior team, which they want also want to use as part of the arsenal against crime.

Other artist in the ensemble include Yolanda Stemela of Idlozi fame, which is currently making waves in local radio stations.

Lutho Tsewu, a Grade 8 learner at the school, said the motivation was good.

“I learnt that drugs will destroy me from achieving my goals and that they will cause unnecessary delay in reaching my dreams. They told us to focus on our studies. Their motivation was good for us,” Tsewu said.

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