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The torment for Nathi Ngwenya could soon be over. It seems he is to be allowed to return to Teesside in what will be a triumph of good sense and humanity over intransigence and red tape.

When 13-year-old Nathi was bundled out of the country in November he was devastated. And it left his 'adopted mother' Theressa Shabangu distraught.

Immigration officials decided the boy had to be sent back to his homeland, despite the fact his mother is mentally ill and incapable of looking after him.

At the time the Evening Gazette spoke out against the apparent lack of emotion behind this decision, and the nature of an early morning raid on his Stockton hime which saw him snatched away from the life he was so desperately hoping to lead here.

Nathi even attempted suicide.

Today we are happy to report that a law which appeared to be coldly enforced is now shown to have the ability to exercise the warmth of compassion in some circumstances.

Nathi's is one such case. Because his aunt Theressa is playing a parental role and because there are serious family considerations it seems he can be brought back to Teesside.

Immigration laws are, of course, critically important. All the more reason then that we should welcome a judgment that shows the flexibility to make an exception for the sake of one young boy and which demonstrates a caring side to what is a most serious business.

CROOKS torch three cars on an average day on Teesside. This is a drop in numbers compared to the previous year, but it is still outrageous.

Today firefighters and police warn that this destructive habit threatens the lives of thieves and nearby residents.

More than that it takes up the valuable time of our frontline emergency services.

If you have any information which could help the authorities cut this lethal vandalism, please pass it on.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jan 11, 2005
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