Writing’s on the cake

2015-08-04 06:01

Graffiti is a worldwide problem and many who do it go unpunished.

So the community in Observatory and Salt River is glad that a group of teenagers who painted graffiti on a wall last week were caught and made to clean up.

A group of boys painted graffiti on walls on their way home after an after-school programme. They sprayed graffiti on 14 houses in Observatory and Salt River, as well as at St Peter’s Square shopping centre. They also sprayed black paint on a white BMW which was parked on the side of the road.

A few painted their nicknames, others the initials TGOD in big letters on a black wall.

The same group of boys returned to the after-school the next day to help make cupcakes for a shelter in Woodstock for Mandela Day. One of the boys wrote TGOD in icing on the cakes.

But at that moment their coordinator, Eric Judd, still knew nothing about the graffiti.

As he drove them past their vandalism to go deliver the cupcakes the boys laughed about it. Judd did some detective work and found out that eight of the boys did it or were present when it was done.

“At first they wanted to deny it but when they saw that there was no way out and the writing was on the cake they couldn’t run away. They all agreed to come clean and paint over the graffiti after school. They had to do a lot of work. In some areas they had to paint a bigger patch to make sure that the colour matched.

“They should know if they do something there are consequences. It was a good thing that most of the boys who had actually done the graffiti tags were the ones who came to paint. Graffiti is a headache – it’s good to set an example,” he says

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