Flames turns gangster into leader

12 May, 2015

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Flames turns gangster into leader

12 May,2015Profiles

Lucky Mabena is an ex-gang member from the Moloto village in Mpumalanga Province.

‘‘I am an ex-gangster in Moloto because, after completing my matric I had no money to further my studies nor did I find a job. I used to terrorise my community members,’’ Mabena told WoFNews.

He said that Working on Fire saved his young life. He further added that he used to rob people.

His life changed after the programme recruited him. ‘‘And that kept me away from unsavory acts,’’ he said. When asked if he was tried for his crimes he said that he only slept in the police jail cells for about three days. ‘‘That was it. I was lucky not to have been prosecuted and have a criminal record,’’ Mabena said.

He said that he was doing his drivers’ license and come 2016 he will register for courses at the University of South Africa, using the stipend he is getting from WoF.

Mabena confessed that his parents did not know his illegal activities then. He is currently a Crew Leader Type 1 on probation at that Cradle of Humankind base in West Rand.

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