SAPS out in force to spread goodwill and hope

2014-12-04 00:00

SAPS officers along with the deputy ­minister of police brought tears of joy and smiles to impoverished Pietermaritzburg ­families yesterday.

Police embraced the holiday season as well as the 16 Days of Activism campaign by visiting the Nhlalakahle and Ezinketheni townships ­yesterday.

Deputy Minister of Police Maggie Sotyu and deputy provincial police commissioner Major-General Phindile Radebe joined officers and members of the Department of Social Development in handing out toys and food parcels to both communities.

The convoy was led by a group of riders from the Harley-Davidson club.

“We visited this area some time in September. During my visit, I came across five destitute families. These are families who have nothing at all … today I am here to deliver,” Sotyu said.

Children ran happily from their homes to embrace officers who handed them little stuffed teddy bears.

One Nhlalakahle family, whose home was headed by the recently matriculated daughter because their mother had lost her leg, were in for a surprise when they were presented with a brand new wheelchair for their mother.

The young woman has been unable to find work because she has had to take care of her mother.

“We are encouraging the community to ­support such families,” Sotyu said.

The convoy first visited a roadblock that took place on Greytown Road. They spoke to drivers and warned them about road safety.

They then headed to Nhlalakahle and finished at the Umsilinga Primary School where they addressed the Ezinkethini locals.

“I’ll be leaving my police officers here, I’ll be leaving Social Development here and I’ll be leaving Sassa here to make sure that nobody, no family goes to bed without food,” Sotyu promised.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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