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Convicts criticise Dube's killing

By unknown | Oct 26, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sowetan reporter

Sowetan reporter

The death of reggae icon Lucky Dube has touched even convicted prisoners serving time for taking other people's lives.

Almost 100 inmates at Boksburg Prison signed a petition condemning the killing of Dube, whom they described as a freedom fighter.

"Though we are serving sentences for crimes similar to this one, we feel we have wronged our nation and there is no justification for this barbaric act," they said.

"This is our way of apologising to the community and a sign that we have changed. We say to our peers, crime does not pay. You don't know the pain you are causing to (Dube's) loved ones, friends and fans," they said in the petition faxed to Sowetan.

They condemned the killing "with the disgust it deserves", saying the murderers have no respect for human life.

They said serving time in prison had opened their eyes. They acknowledge their past mistakes and "had learnt to accept them".

"The inmates of Boksburg Correctional Services would like to send our heartfelt condolences to the family of our music icon and hero of the freedom struggle, the late Lucky Dube," they said.


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