Crime in schools tackled

2016-11-23 06:01
Attendees at the launch of the crime prevention campaign of the Department of Social Development in partnership with the police, the Mangaung One Stop Child Justice Centre and the Department of Education at Dr Böhmer School in Bloemfontein. From the left are, front: Dorisha Muishond (Dr Böhmer School), Sebabatso Lebitsa (Kagisho Secondary) and Babazile Komako (Mangaung Child Justice Centre); back: Coine van Zyl (Dr Böhmer School), Capt. Tsotang Rankali (Kagisanong Police Cluster), Alta Undertag (Dr Böhmer School) and Carol Stewart (Mangaung Child Justice Centre). Photo: Teboho Setena

Attendees at the launch of the crime prevention campaign of the Department of Social Development in partnership with the police, the Mangaung One Stop Child Justice Centre and the Department of Education at Dr Böhmer School in Bloemfontein. From the left are, front: Dorisha Muishond (Dr Böhmer School), Sebabatso Lebitsa (Kagisho Secondary) and Babazile Komako (Mangaung Child Justice Centre); back: Coine van Zyl (Dr Böhmer School), Capt. Tsotang Rankali (Kagisanong Police Cluster), Alta Undertag (Dr Böhmer School) and Carol Stewart (Mangaung Child Justice Centre). Photo: Teboho Setena

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Empowering learners with information that will help them to fight crime is at the heart of a campaign that was launched in Bloemfontein recently.

Learners have increasingly become victims of crime and this has led to an initiative involving the police, the Mangaung One Stop Child Justice Centre and the departments of Education and Social Development.

Speaking at the launch, Carol Stewart of the Mangaung Child Justice Centre said the anti-crime awareness campaign was aimed at capacitating the learners with leadership and life skills, as well empowering them with information that will enable them to fight crime.

Being distrusted by the community, running the risk of not finding employment and poor performance at school are all the result of being involved in crime, Stewart said. The crime prevention project has been designed to make it possible for learners to participate in programmes meant to safeguard them against any form of temptation to get involved in crime and drugs. They were also informed about their rights and steps to take against perpetrators.

Stewart said a project designed to root out crime in schools will be implemented during 2017.

Captain Tsotang Rankali of the Kagisanong police cluster said the Adopt a Cop programme remains an effective flagship initiative for schools and the learners to participate in in order to fight any form of crime. While drug abuse was worrying, he said the police was equally concerned about gangsterism and the rivalry between notorious gangs such as Maroma.

Nine local schools within Bloemfontein took part in activities at the launch and the stakeholders hope to target more in the fight against crime.

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