Plea to protect others

2017-06-14 06:03
The premier of the Northern Cape, Sylvia Lucas, launched Child Protection Week in Galeshewe on Friday, 1 June.Photo: Boipelo Mere

The premier of the Northern Cape, Sylvia Lucas, launched Child Protection Week in Galeshewe on Friday, 1 June.Photo: Boipelo Mere

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An appeal was made by the Commission of Gender Equality for the return of the habit of using whistles during emergencies.

This appeal was made by Tshepo Nosi of the commission during the launch of Child Protection Week (28 May to 4 June) at the Pick n Pay circle in Galeshewe.

He also expressed his opinion on the success of street committees within communities.

“We are faced with this heinous human giant (crime) in front of us. Parents are urged to speak up and report it to the police if their children are involved in hideous acts,” he said.

Relating to many recent reports on women and children who were murdered by men, Nosi called on good men to stand up against perpetrators of violence.

“Our friends who prey on young vulnerable girls, the ones who target young girls who are single, including those in child-headed households, by giving them money to sleep with them, this is not in our name,” he said to the cheering spectators who gathered around him.

Northern Cape premier Sylvia Lucas delivered the keynote address at the launch

Different stakeholders of the South African Police Service and several non-governmental organisations delivered messages of support.

Tebogo Obusitse, co-founder of Operation Wanya Tsotsi (OWT), lashed out at people’s attitude of wanting to be paid in order to make a difference.

He added that some even think they need to be bribed in order to make a difference in society.

“It is very sad that we only come together when we are in a tight corner,” Othusitse said.

“We cannot stand here and speak about what is happening and not put a stop to it. That is why we have made a commitment to protect each and every human being that lives under the sun, with the emphasis on women and children.”

He condemned the attitude of waiting for another victim before acting.

“We learnt a lot from our mistakes, as we are better people through you, the community.

“Let us champion this campaign and make the Northern Cape the safest province, without being selfish.”

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