Members get check-up

2017-10-11 06:00

Members of the crime-fighting volunteers operation Wanya Tsotsi welcomed a free medical screening on Saturday (07/10) by the Infinity Medical Centre at their premises in Du Toitspan Road, Kimberley. The initiative was an effort by Infinity, a private practice, to provide high-quality comprehensive health care to the residents of Kimberley and surrounding areas.

According to Ipeleng Louw, a staff member, the practice has regularly participated in outreach projects by assisting children’s homes and underprivileged communities.

On the day, the members of Wanya Tsotsi were given blood pressure and dental health checks, as well as body mass index determanation and HIV testing and counselling.

According to Spencer Plaatje, head of operations, Wanya Tsotsi was established in March 2015 after 17 murders were committed in Galeshewe.

Plaatje claimed a doctor of the Kimberley Hospital had at that time described the casualty ward as a scene from a civil war due to the knife culture in the community – a culture that spans over a number of generations.

He added that the impact of a variety of drugs increased the violence and contact crime, placing pressure on the Departments of Health and Safety.

Plaatje, a descendant of Sol Plaatje, thanked Infinity for ensuring that the members of the operation stay fit and healthy. He appealed to the community and business sector to follow suit and assist the organisation.

“We need assistance with counselling juvenile delinquents, drug users and victims of violence and abuse as well as addressing child-headed homes.”

The activists, who consist of mostly of unemployed men and women of all ages, are lauded for not only trying to restrain crime levels, but also evolving into social activists in the communities.

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