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From GANGSTER to AGENT of positive CHANGE

My name is Anthony Baatjies. My father was absent in my life. Although I did meet him from time to time, he didn’t live with my mom nor support us financially. My granny was the one who looked out for me and raised me with very little money.

In my teenage years, living in Khayalitsha township, I was active in gangsterism. It made me feel as though I belonged; that I was part of a family. Everything that’s part of the gangster lifestyle was

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