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Reformed drug addicts are doing this in their community

A lot of respect is lost when one becomes a drug addict. 

But Siseko Ndinisa, aged 28, is proving that reformation paves way for transformation.

The principals of two schools in the township, Elufefeni primary and Vezubuhle primary, are sleeping easier knowing their schools are being protected by Ndinisa and his group of former addicts who, instead of vandalising the premises, now stand guard at night.

In exchange, the guards receive meals left over from the schools’ nutrition programmes and are paid a monthly stipend.

“I know that most of these guys can go days without any food because they have nowhere to eat,” Ndinisa said.

“I also know that these schools were [allegedly] vandalised by some of them in the past and that’s why I’ve taken them to be the ones guarding.

“In that way, their meals are taken care of and the schools are safe,” he said.

Ndinisa started the programme two years after Elufefeni principal Amanda Ntsumpa called on the community to intervene and curb the frequent break-ins at the school.

He said he knew that the problem would be easier to solve if he sought the help of those suspected to be behind the burglaries.

He has since recruited about 12 men into the programme.

“Community members are scared to speak out and stand against these things because they know they will be targeted by the perpetrators,” he said.

Instead, he said, he focused on providing his recruits with a reason to change their ways.


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