Correctional Services spokesman Manelisi Wolela has denied allegations that student leader Mcebo Dla.
I have observed with caution the issue over "children" of 18 years and under, who are not supposed to go to jail, irrespective of the nature of their crime. It is dangerous to advocate that a "child" under 18, but over 16, should not serve time for crime.
Some of us who live in the townships witness gruesome crimes committed by this age group.
These "children" use dangerous drugs such as nyaope, among others, and commit despicable crimes in their neighbourhoods and in the suburbs.
We always read in newspapers about the involvement of this age group in serious crimes. In township lingo, they say this age group has pluck, meaning they are fearless. And now the law wants to give them more courage and immunity from serving jail terms.
I'm also concerned that criminal syndicates will use these "children" because they know that the law allows them to commit crimes for which they cannot be punished.
The Concourt judges must consult victims of crime by thoroughly researching and checking crime statistics committed by "children" before taking such a stupid decision.
Please consider the people who can't defend themselves, before deciding their fate.
Gift Ziya, Edenvale