Businessmen do hard time for Relay For Life charity

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Ronnie Naicker looks out from his prison cell.

Local businessmen spent Saturday behind bars.

Mahesh Shah, Pradeep Singh, Ronnie Naicker, David Yan, and Neerajh Ranjithparsadh were all taken into custody at Newcastle SAPS and incarcerated at the Newcastle Mall.

Also raising funds was Manager for the Mayor, Andile Masondo from the Newcastle Municipality.

Concerned residents can breathe easy.

Far from committing any criminal acts, these businessmen and well-known personalities were jailed as the first part of the Relay For Life (RFL) Jail and Bail.

Inside the ‘big house’, the businessmen put on their orange jumpsuits.

They then got to work, using the privilege of one phone call to appeal to business partners, clients, friends and family to raise bail money.

Support from the community was somewhat overwhelming.

Together, the businessmen raised a staggering R150 000, including a massive R60 000 from Mahesh Shah alone.

The prisoners then exchanged the donation for their freedom.

This money will help defray costs of the RFL, an annual overnight event taking place from October 14 to 15 at the Newcastle Show Grounds.

RFL remains CANSA’s biggest fundraiser.

Mona Maharaj, the Chairperson of the RFL Committee has urged the community to provide any and all assistance to making this year’s RFL a success.

“We need as much support as possible, as the funds go towards CANSA.”

A second Jail and Bail for female figureheads and business magnates of the community, is being planned for later in the year.

The RFL committee thanked everyone for their support, including the businessmen and Andile Masondo, on behalf of Mayor, Makhosini Nkosi.

 

  AUTHOR
Bruce Douglas
Journalist

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