Inmate tells learners that there’s no future in gangsterism

2016-02-24 06:00
FORMER gangster Thabang Moleko (right) addressess the learners at the Dr E.P. Lekhela High School in Kimberley. Photo: Supplied

FORMER gangster Thabang Moleko (right) addressess the learners at the Dr E.P. Lekhela High School in Kimberley. Photo: Supplied

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A FORMER gangster warned learners about the dangers of joining gangs.

On Wednesday (17/02) the Northern Cape Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison held an anti-gangsterism and drug awareness campaign, where an inmate, who is a former gangster, addressed learners at the E.P. Lekhela High School in Kimberley.

The campaign was hosted in conjunction with the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) and the neighbourhood-watchgroup, Wanya Tsotsi, to raise awareness on societal issues negatively impacting on communities including drugs and gangsterism.

The inmate, Thabang Moleko, shared his story on how he got into gangsterism and how it impacted his life, warning learners that it was not as glamourous as some might make it out to be, as he committed crimes that led him to jail along with all of his friends and other gang members.

“Your destiny in gangsterism is to be killed and you will be killed. Your close friend will turn into your enemy because of street fame and wanting respect,” he warned learners.

Moleko said there was no future in gangsterism. The crimes he committed during his days in the gang only led him to a eight year jail sentence for multiple murders and crimes, while all his friends are also behind bars for longer sentences,

“Gangsterism is all about competition. Jealousy creeps in through wanting attention and to be seen and respected. You will start to hate each other, but for the namesake of the gang will pretend to love each other to get the protection of the gang from your enemies. It will be easy for you to be killed,” he warned.

He told learners that their financial lack, lack of love and attention at home or peer pressure should not drive them to gangsterism as their families still need them. If they stay in school and get educated, they will have a future.

“We are not born as gangsters. Crime does not pay. There is no tomorrow in gangsterism,” he said, adding that prison was not a pleasant place, as anything can happen to a prisoner.

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