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Khayelitsha boxing club keeps kids off streets

Thembani “Terror” Gqeku says the club teaches the young boxers valuable life skills.

Thembani “Terror” Gqeku started an African Youth Boxing Club in Khayelitsha with the hopes of keeping kids off the streets. Picture: Leah Rolando/Lead SA.

CAPE TOWN - Thembani "Terror" Gqeku started the African Youth Boxing Club in Khayelitsha with the hopes of keeping kids off the streets.

"I was looking out of the window and saw two boys fighting with knives. I thought, 'No, this is not right, two people should not be fighting like this'."

It was then that Gqeku, a former professional boxer, first had the idea of starting his own boxing club in 2011.

He teaches the boxers valuable life skills, showing them alternatives to the harsh realities they are often faced with.

"It teaches the youngsters discipline, style, how to survive in life and how to protect themselves."

The club also offers the boxers an opportunity to see the rest of the Mother City.

But, finances are an issue for Gqeku's modest boxing club.

He says his aspiring boxers need new gear.

"When I think of all the challenges, I could cry. But these are my boys and I will do anything for them."

First published on LeadSA.co.za