Capt Khumalo is a pal to the kids

2016-02-04 06:00
The Captain Khumalo program was launched at Mzamomhle Primary School in Brown’s Farm, Nyanga, on Friday. PHOTOS: saps

The Captain Khumalo program was launched at Mzamomhle Primary School in Brown’s Farm, Nyanga, on Friday. PHOTOS: saps

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Young learners had a chance to rub shoulders with the men in blue when police launched the Captain Khumalo program at Mzamomhle Primary School in Brown’s Farm in Nyanga.

The Captain Khumalo program is designed to educate childcare and primary-aged school children between three and 12 years of age on a range of safety themes, and to encourage them to turn to police for help and advice.

“Captain Khumalo is a ‘ trusted’ character that will be used to address several safety issues, primarily driven by a crime prevention approach,” siad Captain Ntosh Sitshitshi.

She said the program was all about teaching children how to ‘stay ok’ – how they can make the right choices, recognizing that there are consequences associated with the decisions we make.

“This also provides them with a level of awareness of appropriate safety behaviours to prevent them becoming victim of crime, or perpetrator of crime,” she said.

Captain Khumalo is not an authoritarian figure; he’s assuring and engaging.

. Meanwhile, Nyanga SAPS station held the ‘My Oath’ campaign in form of a banner Signing Day at Philippi Shopping Mall, on Friday.

The ‘My Oath’ campaign is a proud moment. The pledge simply states “From this forward, I promise to be part of the solution in ending violence against women.”

The campaign is more than just a pledge drive. It is an opening to have a deeper conversation with men and boys about the causes of sexual and domestic violence and what we can do to prevent it.

It is also a day of recognition of men’s roles in stopping violence against women.

At the campaign the women pledged and also signed the banner by showing they support the men who have taken the pledge.

. A 37-year-old man was arrested in Brown’s Farm, Nyanga last Tuesday, in possession of an illegal firearm.

Police members searched his house and discovered a 9mm Norinco pistol with four rounds of ammunition under a pillow on his bed. The suspect was due to appear in court last on Friday.

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