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He murdered his girlfriend and went to prison, now he is back with a new skill, gardening.

A Limpopo parolee is earning a living by growing vegetables, which is helping him reintegrate into society. After nearly seven years in prison for murdering his lover, Ands Magai of Mathabatha village outside of Lebowakgomu was freed on parole by the Department of Correctional Services. Magai claims that his criminal past will not bind him to the lowest rungs of society. He sells his fruit to inhabitants of his neighbourhood as well as a nearby grocer. "This is something I've been doing since 2017."

I grew tomatoes, and they turned out beautifully. I did it again in 2018, planting watermelons and beetroot, and they all turned out beautifully. This was my chance, I realized I could use this opportunity and keep going, and now everything is the same," Magai adds. Francinah, Magai's mother, is glad to see her son doing something positive. "I gave him the land because he was idle." He began ploughing and then harvesting, and everything just fell into place," Francinah explains.


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Lebowakgomu Limpopo Magai Mathabatha


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