Inmates determined to make grade
Karate Organisation of South Africa (Kosa), in conjunction with Ekurhuleni Kyokushinkai Karate Association (Matsushima), will hold gradings at the Boksburg Correctional Services recreation hall tomorrow from 9am.
Kosa president Peter "Poison'' Thage said inmates will be competing in this event for the first time, from white to brown belt.
Other karateka from around Gauteng will also attend the contest that will be the first of its kind to be staged at the prison.
Said Thage: "The committee saw fit to hold gradings at the prison as part of Corrections Week celebrations that were held from October 15 to 19.
"Our aim is to show the inmates that they are human beings and they can still be accepted by the community.''
The event will be another initiative by the department in ensuring effective rehabilitation through sport.
Entrance is free.
Meanwhile, Kyokushinkan Karate Organisation will have their gradings at the Sijabulile Secondary School, Moleleki Section, Katlehong, also tomorrow .
Dojos from Vaal University of Technology, Katlehong and Johannesburg are expected to send their students to the event.
The grading starts at 9am and grades range from white belt to brown.