KZN mum convicted after lying her robber son was dead

An arts organisation founded by Nontombi Ntakakaze is showing young offenders that there is hope for them (Photo: Circus Mafia)

An arts organisation founded by Nontombi Ntakakaze is showing young offenders that there is hope for them (Photo: Circus Mafia)

Mum’s attempt to shield her son from jail fails

Jay Naidoo, a KZN mother, has been convicted of defeating the ends of justice, after lying to police and community members that her son was dead. Knowing that police were looking for Alvin Naidoo, 28, who was part of a gang of three which had robbed a man in Port Sheptsone, Jay told people that her son had been murdered. However, Detective-Constable Morne Jones heard that Alvin was in fact hiding in Isipingo. The New Age reports. Jones arrested Alvin and then interviewed his mother, who stuck to her initial story. Jay was apparently shocked when Alvin appeared after the detective told him to come out from the shadows so his mother could see him. A Port Shepstone magistrate found Alvin guilty of robbery and sentenced him to five years in jail. His mother will be sentenced on the 6th of June .

Free State artist changes lives of young offenders

Nontombi Ntakakaze, who founded the non-profit organisation Visual Art Cherry in 2011, is using art to show young offenders that they can turn their lives around. According to The New Age, Ntakakaze’s organisation provides visual and performing arts workshops at facilities such as Matete Matches centre for awaiting-trial youth sin Kroonstad, Bloemfontein Secure Centre and One-Stop Youth Centre in Mangaung.

Correctional Services officer gunned down in Cape Town

A 32-year-old off-duty correctional officer was shot and killed outside his home in Crossroads, Cape Town in the early hours of Thursday, The Star reports. He was wearing his work uniform. The motive for the killing is not yet known and no arrests have been made.

Metro police officer shot in Alexandra

The search is on for a group of three armed men who robbed one metro officer of his service pistol and shot his colleague in his leg and upper body near a petrol station at Pan Africa shopping centre earlier this week. The Sowetan reports that the men sped off in a white Toyota Avanza, which was later recovered, along with a 9mm pistol.

“No justice” says man claiming he was shot by police during service delivery protest

Sakiwe Zamisa of Oukasie in the North West province says he was shot twice in the hand by officers during a service delivery protest in March 2010. Zamisa, who says he was not participating in the protest, alleges that the officers broke into his house and kicked, assaulted and pepper sprayed him, before shooting him in the hand. Zamisa told the Sowetan that he opened a case against the State, but the case was closed when the police said Zamisa could not identify the officer who beat and shot him. Zamisa, however, claims no identity parade was held and that the police could have identified who shot him, as that officer was the driver of a police van whose registration Zamisa took down.

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