Bishop Makwarela Mundalamo welcomes a reformed Thulani Maila during his church visit. Photo: Mzamane Ringane
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Former convict Thulani Maila (23) emerged from prison to deliver a moving address at a local church.
The Bochum man was released on Friday, 9 June, after serving a two-year term at the Modimolle Youth Correctional Centre, for housebreaking.
Maila was arrested in relation to a case of housebreaking.
Coincidentally, he was released back into society within the midst of Youth Month.
While serving his sentence, Maila was able to change his ways and decided to follow the right path.
Two days after his release, the reformed Maila delivered a moving speech at a local church on Sunday, 11 June with the objective to discourage the youth from pursuing the wrong path in life.
He quoted from the Bible as he encouraged young people to “Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
Spending more than two years of his life behind bars has been a learning curve for Maila, who celebrated his 21st birthday away from his family.
He told The BEAT that he has already drafted a business plan for his proposed Non-Profit Organisation (NPO), which will serve to address challenges like alcohol and substance abuse.
“My humble request to members of the community is that they should open their hearts to ex-offenders and give them a chance so they can correct their mistakes,” he said.
The Fraternal Full Gospel Church of Christ in Modimolle embraced the young person, who made a plea for a chance to speak to young people.
Maila said he met Bishop Makwarela Mundalamo during a prayer service, and that is when his life changed for the better.
Speaking during the church service, Bishop Mundalamo congratulated the young man for keeping his promise that he will come to the church to speak to the young people, as soon as he was released.
“It is important for members of this church and community to listen to the message from our guest, because it might save our young people from finding themselves on the wrong side of the law,” Bishop Mundalamo said.
12 months ago 14 June 2017