Church takes lead in discipline

2017-07-20 06:00
Children were entertained at the Chris Hani Community Hall in Mfuleni on Monday.       PHOTOS: Mbongiseni mASEKO

Children were entertained at the Chris Hani Community Hall in Mfuleni on Monday. PHOTOS: Mbongiseni mASEKO

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Scores of children who attended a week-long crime awareness event which was organised under the auspices of God’s Merciful Hand Ministries said they had enjoyed the opportunity to mingle and learn something new.

The Chris Hani Community Hall in Mfuleni was the hive of activity over this period of recess.

Pastor Khawulezile Msele said this was organised as an effort to equip children with information which will discourage them from getting involved in crime.

“We tell them about the danger of drugs and crime. We want to keep them busy during the holidays. We are telling them about the importance of education and we help those who have since dropped-out should go back to school. Churches should be a vehicle for bringing change in the communities,” Msele said.

The church hosted a similar event in Town Two, Khayelitsha last week.

About 100 children who attended the event on Monday said they enjoyed playing sport, drama, music and the lunch.

The event is hosted in partnership with the provincial department of Community Safety.

Nandipha Mpati, a member of the church, said children must focus on shaping their future.

She said youth from the church are also the drive behind the Lathitha Student Support Programme which gives support to learners who need extra support in their studies.

Mpati said this helps identify their talents in sports and music and helped them to work towards mastering their chosen fields of play.

Mxolisi Mbekwa, one of the children, said the event is good for them.

“It is motivational for us. It is giving us a platform to understand the dynamics of life,” Mbekwa said.

Afika Ndlebe, who also attended, said he was happy to be part of the event.

“It gives us power to express our feelings and to understand each other. There are a lot of bad things happening in society and we need to talk about them,” Ndlebe said.

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