- By Craig Nuttley
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- Crime | Incarceration, Social Cohesion, Tackling The Issues
- Tags: Business and Crime, Constructive Citizens Forum, Constructive Creativity, Crime and Justice, Crime Stoppers International, Problem Solving, Recidivism, Social Cohesion South Africa, Social Solutions, South Africa
Would You Do Business with a Killer?
I’ll skip to the chase here. I’m an ex-convict. I ran away from home in my 12th year on this planet, led a seriously messed up life and eventually killed a man. I’ve spent over 20 years in South African prisons and around 35 years on the run (as a teen) from National Party reformatories, places of safety and police. Am I proud of this? No. Seriously not, but I can’t change it. All I can do is change my road ahead. I’ve been doing this, against many odds, for eight years.
Business with a ‘Killer’?
The reason why I write this, place my head on a block to be slaughtered by society and put everything I have worked toward over the last eight years at risk, is simple. During a period in 2010 I lost 18 clients and a further 9 in January of 2011. Why? Someone who doesn’t like me called and/or sent emails to clients and told them I was a murderer. It was a heavy time.
It is happening again. Now I don’t know who this person is, but I’m a survivor and the only way I can ensure that this never happens again is to do it myself. Take it from me, I WAS screwed up and a little shit of larger proportions than my age.
But here’s the thing that meant a lot to me. After the 2010/11 period, a few of my clients responded to calls made to them by questioning me on what they had been told. I told them the truth. They are still my clients today. They believe in me and my services.
There I am … no frills, no mitigating circumstances. All I will say, is that the irony in my life is something which stands out when looking back and I hope to one day express this in a book called Ironic. For the moment, I know the risks I take by throwing this out there, but before you judge me, remove me as a connection or take your business away, please consider this. This is a message which covers a number of social issues in South Africa. One path I will walk in future.
OK … You Arrested Me … Now What?
I have a standard six. I learned what I learned following a life of crime and incarceration and in 8 years since I was released, I have been actively involved in sponsoring marketing for a number of Crime Initiatives and NPO’s. I have tried to draw attention to certain issues and built a blog to start expressing these views and sharing information about the actual working of the incarceration system on the ground and how the criminal thinks while incarcerated. More so, I have tried to draw attention to the corruption which has made our prisons crime colleges. I’ve been there 3 times, for long periods of time. I know what I’m talking about. The effects of incarceration on society, from my view, is evident in many of the social ill’s we are faced with.
During the next few weeks, I will be starting to talk about Crime and the Incarceration System via social media and every platform I can use in the little time I have. I will be focusing on public figures and organisations who have been approached by me, one of whom lost seriously sensitive paperwork and blocks me on all social channels for opposing their views when it comes to the fight against crime.
Adversity is my Friend
The Oink Network will be open to all who want to do business with me. It IS a powerful tool for business, no matter who I am. So, to the caller out there … no matter what you do, no matter how much you want to destroy my life, you will never get it right. Even if I have to walk the beach & play tunes on my guitar for a dime, I will do that and I will still have a story to tell and a song to sing.
If that offends you and you want me to stop living my life, you’ll have to kill me. It’s either that, or you can draw on my knowledge of a system which is failing you. Make adversity your friend. Believe me, there is wisdom in that choice. Hunt criminals down aggressively, but take time to consider the effects the system you send them to will have on the community you live in when they return.