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KWAITO star Thokozani Zulu, aka T'zozo, has declared war against crime in Umgababa, south of Durban, through sport.
T'zozo's campaign is a collaboration with ex-convict Themba Mtshali and local councillor Stanley Makhathini. They aim to encourage the youth to build their future with sport and to avoid crime and social ills this festive season.
The tournament against crime will kick off on Saturday at the local stadium.
Mtshali is a former Umkhonto we Sizwe operative who spent many years in jail for armed robberies.
T'zozo said he came up with the idea after Mtshali was released from prison.
Mtshali, who has been in and out of prison for armed robberies including cash-in-transit heists, chose to turn his life around in 2007.
T'zozo said he could not fold his arms while scores of youth continue to victimise the community.
He said the evil of crime was destroying the entire community.
The talented muso said the sport against crime tournament is one way to encourage everyone to stand up and eliminate crime in the area.
"We approached Mtshali to be part of the tournament because we knew him as a good soccer player and a role model.
"But he went into exile and when he came back home he was in and out of jail," he said.
T'zozo said they aim to make the youth aware of interventions in the fight against crime through sport.
"Locals suffered a lot during the political violence and now it's time for our parents to enjoy the fruits of democracy they fought for," he said.
He said the youth get bored due to the high levels of unemployment.
"As the 2010 World Cup tournament approaches, people have ideas that will benefit them, but the criminals are also devising tactics on how to rob people during the tournament. We don't want that to happen," said T'zozo.
He said the weapons that were used during the political violence were accessible to the youth.
"They use these weapons to commit crime.
"We want to stop that and to ensure that our youth don't do crime during the festive season and in 2010.
"We can achieve that by holding hands as communities to fight crime through sport."
Mtshali said the tournament will consist of 10 local teams.
"We want to send a message to the youth that crime does not pay.
"They have to make a choice to either go to jail or live a better life.
"Our children are on drugs and commit crime, but sport can instil discipline in them," Mtshali said.