Pastor keeps kids safe in recess

2016-01-14 06:00
 Pastor Mongezi Valashiya of Docks Mission Church with some of children who attended the safety awareness week in December.

Pastor Mongezi Valashiya of Docks Mission Church with some of children who attended the safety awareness week in December.

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Knowing that the devil makes use of idle hands, Pastor Mongezi Valashiya of the Dock Mission Church of Khayelitsha had designed a week long programme to keep little childre busy and out of ill habits.

Pastor Valashiya, working in cahoots with community organisations and the police, then staged a highly successful “safety and drug awareness week” in Kuyasa.

“We know from experience that children often get into trouble when schools close, parents are still busy at work and during these times it is easy to fall prey into many distractions,” said Valashiya.

More than 200 children enjoyed talks from social workers, the police and various comunity leaders who shared the platforn during the week.

Harare SAPS spokesman Lieutenant Siyabulela Vukubi told the children not be afraid of the police.

“Make us your friends because we are here to protect you. When you see something wrong tell us so that we can lock those who do bad things in the community,” said Lt Vukubi.

Commmunity Police Forum chairman Mr Ronnie Bonisile Busakwe spoke at length about the dangers of xenophobia.

“You have to learn from this age that hating people from other African countries is wrong, calling them names is unacceptable and we must treat them like human beings,” he said.

The South African National Council on Alcoholism (Sanca) message was clear to all: drugs and alcohol destroy lives and families.

Mr Tolo from Sanca kept the audience captivated with illustration of how they must avoid falling into using drugs and liqour.

“Tik makes you mad, tik will send you to jail for a very long time,” said Tolo.

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