Taking the rap: jail is no jol, rappers tell Woodlands youngsters

2012-12-20 00:00

FORMER inmate Shaun Marais yesterday pulled no punches in warning youth at the Woodlands community hall of the horrors of prison.

He was one of the motivational speakers who, with the Department of Arts and Culture and his company, Ghosttown Records DFault, yesterday staged a behavioural change campaign at Woodlands.

Between beats generated by local rap and dance artists, Marais warned the youth against drug and alcohol abuse and told them about prison conditions. He said he started the campaign after he was released from prison. “I saw the standards of the community decrease. I saw the things I did back then that the youth are doing now.

“So what I started, I needed to finish. And so I am doing motivational talks to tell the youth the actual dangers of prison life and substance abuse through the arts,” said Marais.

Eastwood rapper MC J Stone told The Witness before the event: “This is a good cause because we want to bring a positive change to the community.”

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