Pupils warned about crime

2017-05-19 06:00
Photo: suppliedPupils at the crime awareness campaign.

Photo: suppliedPupils at the crime awareness campaign.

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AT a crime awareness campaign at Shayamoya High on Tuesday, pupils were encouraged to focus on their studies and get involved in criminal activities because “crime doesn’t pay”.

The campaign was organised by the Department of Correctional Services in the Kokstad management area in conjunction with the school to provide guidance to pupils.

Offenders at Kokstad Medium Correctional Centre were at the campaign to warn pupils about dangers of crime. Department of Education circuit manager, Cedric Mseleku, ward councillor Elizabeth Bhengu, teachers and parents also attended.

Bonginkosi Mbotshwa, Kokstad management area communication officer, said the campaign is aimed at steering the youth away from drugs or criminal activities. He said the Department of Correctional Services doesn’t want to see young people in jail so it is better to visit schools to discourage pupils from joining gangs.

“It is discouraging when pupils see joining gangs as being fashionable while they are in school. You find some of them carrying knives at school and pupils fall victim and are used as drug peddlers by drug kingpins,” said Mbotshwa.

One of the offenders, Gugu Methula, encouraged pupils to focus on their books and forget about things that will not assist them. She spoke about her experience of being incarcerated and said freedom is limited inside the prison walls.

“In prison we don’t do as we please and our movements are always monitored,” she said.
The Department of Education thanked the Department of Correctional Services for hosting the campaign.
- Supplied.

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