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Prison Journalism: Letter to my mothers

17/05/2024

Prison Journalism: Letter to my mothersThabo Mthembu was incarcerated in Pollsmoor Prison from 2014 to 2019. Read Thabo's story

by Thabo Mthembu

17-05-2024 09:45

in Prison Journalism

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Born in the 80s with many social and political changes happening and losing my father at the tender age of eight did not make things any easier. We were three in our household: Mother, elder sister, and me.

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Gratitude to Mother and Sister I want to say thank you to Mother and Sister for everything. You both were the best two mothers a young man could ever have had growing up.

I was twenty-two when you tragically passed away. Yet, on my journey, I've felt your presence through different people from all walks of life, even when I was in prison.

Tribute to All Mothers Thank you to all mothers, women who, even with their own adversities and lives to live, still make time to help and have a positive impact on all those they encounter. Even if things may look bleak, know that you are a light for someone who may be on the verge of giving up on life. Don't stop being who you are because you are affecting more positive changes in other people's lives than you know.

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Special Thanks I need to say thank you to Lisa, head of Restorative Justice, for being a ray of hope and guidance who actually saved me in many ways as a voice of reason.

To my sister, for being a mother, father, and best friend, thanks for never giving up on me and actually loving me. To Aunty G.P for guidance The list can go on and on, so I want to say thank you to all you mothers out there being that ray of hope.

Moving Forward My step forward is to now show my gratitude by the changes I make and the decisions I take in reaching my goals.

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My prayer is that God blesses you by awakening those you come in contact with to become the change in the world that youth can actually use as a stepping stone to greatness. By your actions of being human, we can transcend to the heights of a great nation, even though we have made our mistakes.

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