Prisoner gets 5 As

2013-01-06 11:19

Johannesburg - A Durban prison inmate passed his matric examinations with five distinctions, according to a Sunday Times report.

The newspaper reported that while 42 prisoners throughout the country passed the 2012 matric exams, Chris Mazibuko of the Westville Prison was the top prison student, with an average of 79.25%.

Mazibuko said studying and writing the exams behind bars was not an easy task.

"The environment here is very straining. We had some gang clashes that interrupted our classes in July."

"The cells are full and sometimes it's very difficult to study," he was quoted as saying.

The 23-year-old obtained an A in IsiZulu, English, life orientation, business studies, and economics. He got 61% for accounting but failed maths, obtaining 28%. Mazibuko was arrested in 2006 after he and a friend were implicated in a robbery.

He told the paper he would put his achievement to good use when he was released on parole next month.

  • ianon.ym - 2013-01-06 11:27

    @N-24, could'nt wait to read about that.

  • ian.robertreid - 2013-01-06 11:29

    Well done boy? one in a million? take my hat off 2u! in line 4next President??

  • tiaan.truter - 2013-01-06 11:31

    but failed math...hahahah why am I not surprised.either way,he is still a convicted criminal and he should stay in jail

      Ninjinvee - 2013-01-06 11:47

      It's easy to laugh and criticise when you're on the other side of the bars. And it's also easy to get caught in the wrong dealings. At least, unlike other criminals, this youngster is turning his life around and making something of himself. Hats off to him. I'm not sure how many people would be able to obtain 5 distinctions in a very demanding environment such as a prison...hmmm?

      indianajohn - 2013-01-06 12:03

      Put yourself in a small room with lots of other people and try studying. Anything like History is going to be your best shot as you just have to read. Maths requires space, pencils, paper, equipment. I can fully understand that it would be very difficult to get this right in prison.

      kimsaiyanprincess.murison - 2013-01-06 12:50

      - that is so narrow-minded. now he can be a financially contributing member of society instead of a tax-thief. idiot. take a step back and look at the bigger picture of finding solutions for crime-related problems.

      Janus Du Preez - 2014-10-28 15:51

      Tiaan I guess he got more A's than you ? Hahahahaha.......

  • Goddard Morrie - 2013-01-06 11:32

    Well done! This is just another example that nothing can stand in the way of a good education. They can imprison your body but not your mind...

  • mfanah.radebe - 2013-01-06 11:35

    Well done boy.Come out so you can start your things again professional this time.I respect you for getting this result,I her that the conditions of westville prison are of no good.hope you learned your lesson boy

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2013-01-06 11:36

    May this be the first step to being truly reformed and contributing positively to society, he seems to have been very determined to make the grade. Perhaps he can redo maths and up his percentage. Your prejudiced remarks are exactly that all previous posters

      truthis.tway - 2013-01-06 12:57

      For once i agree with Judith. Everybody has a right to redeem themselves.

  • Bongani Ndlovu - 2013-01-06 11:36

    well done Mazibuko big up

  • rory.n.price - 2013-01-06 11:38

    Time is on your side, yes it is

  • Sharon - 2013-01-06 11:41

    Everybody makes mistakes. At least he is trying to better himself and not come out and go back to crime.

  • bob.small.7547 - 2013-01-06 11:43

    Good for him! Well done!

  • Goddard Morrie - 2013-01-06 11:50


  • - 2013-01-06 11:51

    Tiaan you're an idiot. Did you get 5 distinctions? I highly doubt you did. I for one am very proud of this guy, even in those harsh conditions he did something most of us couldn't do in a private school..

      amanda.khumalo.1291 - 2013-01-06 12:12

      @Daniel: me too I am an idiot because criminals should be punished harshly instead of thanking them by educating them. maybe that's why we pay tax nice one

      Kombisa - 2013-01-06 12:28

      @ Amanda different people stray to criminality due to various circumstance and situation. Whatever happened the past is bygones and history, what matters most is that the young man is having his sleeve up to make good of his future. It is fulfilling to see the outcomes of our fiscal. Please find it in your heart to be positive about like. Negativity is the worst enemy.

      kimsaiyanprincess.murison - 2013-01-06 12:52

      @amanda. Now, instead of having a criminal for life, he can become a contributing member of society. bigger picture, lady.

      truthis.tway - 2013-01-06 12:59

      @amanda-An education is one of very few ways to reform a criminal. Or shall we just let him out after his time with no skills so that he can go find a job with a criminal record and no education. And then do what to survive? Use you brain.

  • Gorden Norman - 2013-01-06 11:51

    Well done. I just hope when he gets parole he is able to find a job and put these results to good use. Not everybody hires a ex convict.

      freddie.l.roux - 2013-01-06 20:25

      I'd hire a guy that got matric in prison over someone who obtained it via going to a normal school.

  • thembela.zulu.3 - 2013-01-06 11:53

    Job well done Mr Mazibuko, he must apply for Presidential Parole

      amanda.khumalo.1291 - 2013-01-06 20:16

      he's got it already, if you have read the article you would have noticed that next month he is going out. thanks for robbing those people

  • diran.pillay - 2013-01-06 11:56

    Well donw

  • Kombisa - 2013-01-06 11:57

    Well done I seem to see positive attributes of rehabilitation. Five distinctions is an elephant step in the right direction, please don't drop the ball. You need to study further so as to be a good example to many for many moons to come. Please change you life for the benefit of all of us. With this approach you could even go all the way to apply for a presidential pardon.

  • Madimetsa Mashishi - 2013-01-06 11:58

    well done young man m so proud of u dats shows dat u can do more gud things when u go out i blv dat u still wonna go futher with ur studies to bcum a gud nd responsible father dnt gt tired of doing a gud work nt robbery nd silly things

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2013-01-06 11:59

    he had no time for parties, dating, mixit, facebook. major disruptions for the youth.

      truthis.tway - 2013-01-06 13:00

      Yeah and dodging gangs, and prison rapes (condoned by "law abiding" people. Definitely easier to study in prison than out.

  • robert.sizeka - 2013-01-06 12:02

    congratulation 4 good work u hav dan .when u go out u must b a good boy an behave.

  • thembinkosi.jozie - 2013-01-06 12:03

    What about the victims of his crime? Did they also get free education? Now what is going to stop this guy from commiting more crime so that he can study further for free?

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2013-01-06 12:19

      Thembinkosi shame! - 2013-01-06 12:34

      Who says education in prison is free?

      lee.ferreira - 2013-01-06 15:00

      He can come and work for us in our family business, but we are not in KZN but i in PE!

      MJS1234 - 2013-01-06 19:53

      I think you are being a bit harsh, he has served his time, used it wisely to better himself and maybe he can be a positive member of society!

  • matthew.patrick.925 - 2013-01-06 12:06

    I see some in the forum have their judges hats on, as usual. I, for one, feel good about this story. Shouldn't prison be about reconciliation and turnaround? In a country with the world's highest recriminance rate and overcrowded prisons should we not focus on turning waste into productivity Well done, young man! After all, he was only a thief and is ready to make good on his mistakes.

  • kevin.gleeson.54 - 2013-01-06 12:11

    Well done, he must have been chained to his desk :D

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2013-01-06 12:15

    @Thembinkosi would rather prefer the inmates pay for their own fees whilst in shackles?? Inprosinment is embedded with rehabilitation, this guy's chances of falling off the band wagon are much slimmer than that of a non achiever in jail.

      thembinkosi.jozie - 2013-01-06 12:31

      Now we have thousands of orphans whose parents were raped robbed and murdered by these criminals.Who is going to pay for their education accommodation and food while we r busy paying for criminals?

      truthis.tway - 2013-01-06 13:02

      So shall we just put ALL criminals to death?

      thembinkosi.jozie - 2013-01-06 14:18

      @truthis YES!!

  • Simon Maabe - 2013-01-06 12:21

    True inspirational story indeed. If somebody can assist me locate him, I'd pay his University education.

      bone.marrow.501 - 2013-01-06 12:55

      He is at westville prison being released next month,so hurry and get his details b4 release.

      lee.ferreira - 2013-01-06 15:01

      Contact me please!

  • sibusiso.makamole - 2013-01-06 12:21

    Its not like he anytin better to do than study.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-06 12:24

    Good for him.

  • donovan.coetzee1 - 2013-01-06 12:33

    Jeez, how easy were the exams, unfortunately maths is maths, can't make that easier for people to pass.

      nico.eksteen.7 - 2013-01-06 13:01

      Just want to say when I was in matric in the early eighties it was extremely difficult and uncommon to get an A-symbol in any subject. Nowadays it seems as if every second student gets distinctions (which I suppose is 75% plus). Just saying

      Venessa Born Stubborn Ede - 2013-01-06 13:22

      As a teacher I can promise you that the only easy distinction this guy got was the Life Orientation one, which is almost a dummy subject. A distinction is also awarded to 80% and above NOT 75%! Yes, I know that the quality of the passes are very low and that's why there are so many students passing, but this guy achieved a good quality pass. So while I understand the frustration with the educational system maybe a little better than you guys, lets give credit where it is obviously due! Just saying...

      nico.eksteen.7 - 2013-01-06 13:48

      Not bashing the guy at all, he did well. Just saying that getting 60% for one subject and 20% for another...and still achieving almost an A-symbol overall seems a bit strange to me. How do they calculate this stuff? Does one get an extra benefit for taking more subjects/can one get more than 100% per subject?

      lsmalope - 2013-01-08 06:42

      @nico.eksteen.7 I think you need to be taken back to grade 10 maths literacy because it seems to me you can't do basic arithmetic. he'd have to be maintaining an average of 93.15% in the top 5 subjects!

  • brian.dlamini - 2013-01-06 12:39

    Well done to the guy, he was convicted at 17 meaning he was still rather juvenile in mind.. He's obviously on th road 2 right his wrongs (prison r actually made 4 rehabilitation). Some of u half wits r saying victims this and that. The article says nothing bout armed robbery, rape on murder so stop making stupid conclusions! We should just be proud that we have a parolee whose less likely to commit another crime.

      lee.ferreira - 2013-01-06 15:06

      Love your comment guy, such very stupid peeps in this country! I salute him you for your efforts!

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2013-01-06 12:44

    He must have taken extra subjects which marks were added but the overall average calculated for fewer subjects (unless he scored 100% for all the other subjects).

  • ADDIBERNETTE - 2013-01-06 12:45

    hope he turns his life around in a positive way..

  • kimsaiyanprincess.murison - 2013-01-06 12:47

    - rehabilitation benefits all of society. rather an educated released person who can now make a living and not turn back to crime and not live on welfare than a pregnant, uneducated teen pulling grants.

      truthis.tway - 2013-01-06 13:03

      Well said.

  • thanuj.thulsie - 2013-01-06 12:59

    good work boy,maybe the other normal students in school that failed can be inspired by you considering the conditions you studied in compared to them.hope you achieve alot when you get out and study further

  • anele.mveku - 2013-01-06 13:02

    Congratulations to him. Inspiring!

  • Joy Malesa - 2013-01-06 13:04

    Well done Chris

  • makarapakaplan - 2013-01-06 13:04

    Good luck finding a job with a criminal record.

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-01-06 13:13

      He can always get a government post. Enough criminals over there, just hope the others won't drag him down with them. But well done to the man I wish him the best for the future.

      paul.cleverley.14 - 2013-01-06 14:17

      Hey that's a prerequisite for a job in guvmint.

  • magau.thomas - 2013-01-06 13:19

    Well done younger man ihope u have learn lesson that's good spirit for this guy so we don't encourage peaple to be arrested.

  • klaus.broszeit.1 - 2013-01-06 13:22

    we with our tax money paid for the criminals stay there.No school fees to be paid nothing.Plenty of time to study. Crime pays !

  • kitty2wp - 2013-01-06 13:23

    and then there are those hardworking parents who barely afford to pay school fees let alone buy school clothes because they have to pay rent, buy food and pay fking taxes.

  • klaus.broszeit.1 - 2013-01-06 13:26

    Truthis.tway you ask ...So shall we just put ALL criminals to death? not a bad idea would solve a lot of problems and less taxes to pay. As someone said what about this Criminals victims ?

  • mario.haddon - 2013-01-06 13:29

    Well done mate

  • Michael Hawthorne - 2013-01-06 14:00

    I congragulate him on his matric results and I hope this helps him turn his life around from crime. While we are on the topic of prisoners what about the rastafarians, their families and other cannabis users who's humanright are being abused

  • khanyo.ngwane.9 - 2013-01-06 14:00

    Jessibelle, your name is jessibelle indeed similar to your cheap, slutty thinking......

  • piNk.FrEaK.amZ - 2013-01-06 14:22

    for a prison inmate this a great achievment! he should be in every paper to show us as future matriculants the way, as youth we are bombarded with silly distractions. He was in prison, dealt with over crowding, gang violence, rape amongst inmates, not everyone in prison wants a fellow inmate to succeed. the distractions I face as a teen is sport and my phone and I cant pull in those grades. I for one am proud and inspired and wish for the same if not more when I complete school next year!

  • lee.ferreira - 2013-01-06 14:34

    Well done Mazibuko, I hope you go on to live a fruitful and a pillar of society!

  • lex.caltext - 2013-01-06 14:35

    who is going to blame Zuma for him passing his exams.

  • sharlene.probert - 2013-01-06 14:51

    Well done Christ. And shame on all of you who responded negatively to his avhievement.

  • lee.ferreira - 2013-01-06 14:51

    Who are all of you to judge? There but for the grace of God go you and I! People who live in glass houses should not throw stones!

  • nick.holmes.184881 - 2013-01-06 15:54

    Well done. Hope you make something of your life if/when you get out.

  • sudika.harkhu - 2013-01-06 16:15

    'Let he who is without sin cast the first stone'.................It takes a big person to fess up to his wrongs, and an even bigger person to correct it. The fact that he did so well goes to show EVERYONE has potential. There is a diamond waiting to emerge from everyone. Everyone in this country needs to be motivated to realise their true potential.

  • diphapang.molai - 2013-01-06 17:18

    he/she shuld pass coz de nthng he cn do bside 2 read myb we shuld arrest al mtx 2 pass