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JUST DON’T (article first published : 2006-05-15)

Fresh from a two-week tour in Leeds in the UK, K-Cap Alive Kids Productions will present Just Don’t, a dramatic story of the male prisoner by the name of Fikile who is wrongly accused of raping 10-year girl Zanele in Kwa Mashu Township.

The drama takes place in Westville Prison where he is serving 10 years of his sentence under appeal. Each year he sees prisoners come in jail. In his cell he stays with seven other prisoners. Nobody knows his story until one day in a dream he retells the whole story through court – it is then that his friends in prison realised how he was wrongly accused.

Life is tough in jail as he experiences the rape of one prisoner by others and sees the warder being stabbed to death – just on the day he received his appeal letter which frees him from jail. He decides to be a good ambassador for the Kwa Mashu community – a messenger carrier of “Just Don’t Do Crime”. Outside jail, life is tough in the community.

“This is a drama of nine male actors and six of them are ex-prisoners from Westville Prison,” says director Edmund Mhlongo. “It’s a story with a positive message of hope after prison and explicitly showing the hard life in jail, which they all experienced, challenges after prison and the passion to be good models for the other youth… “Just Don’t!”

Co-written by Edmund Mhlongo and the cast, Just Don’t runs from May 19 to 31 in The Playhouse Loft. Book at Computicket. Training kindly assisted through Unilever.




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