Police reach out to underprivileged learners

2016-02-24 06:00
MEMBERS of the South African Police Service (SAPS) with the learners of the Bohlokong Primary School during the recent shoe donation. They are from the left, front: Tebellow Nkala, Rethabile Tshabalala, Zanele Radebe, and Dimakatso Motaung; back: WO Michael Nkomo, WO Power Mokoena, Const. Mamolahlwa Machere, Puseletso Motaung (teacher), Const. Nomsa Mabula, Const. Nkosana Tshabalala and Const. Matshele Rantamo.                                                                                                                                                                  Photo: Supplied

MEMBERS of the South African Police Service (SAPS) with the learners of the Bohlokong Primary School during the recent shoe donation. They are from the left, front: Tebellow Nkala, Rethabile Tshabalala, Zanele Radebe, and Dimakatso Motaung; back: WO Michael Nkomo, WO Power Mokoena, Const. Mamolahlwa Machere, Puseletso Motaung (teacher), Const. Nomsa Mabula, Const. Nkosana Tshabalala and Const. Matshele Rantamo. Photo: Supplied

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BOHLOKONG. – Members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) of the Bethlehem Social Crime Prevention (SCP) have recently offered a helping hand to the needy learners of the Bohlokong Primary School by donating at least ten pairs of school shoes.

According to Lt. Zweli Mohobeleli of the Bethlehem Communication, Marketing and Liaison Service, the initiative was birthed when police officers had identified this need at the beginning of this school year.

“When they saw learners who did not have proper uniforms, the officers were touched and immediately garnered support from their colleagues. Piles of uniforms were collected for donation to local schools,” he said. He said they always identifed problems in the community and assisted where they could. “We always help school learners with uniforms, especially at the beginning of the year. We want all learners to go to school dressed in the proper way. However, we know that we cannot help them all, but we will always try to help them,” he said.

Mohobeledi believes that they should start at the primary school to encourage learners to take education seriously, because it would make them better people. “In many cases you find that the most needy learners drop out of school and end up reverting to unlawful actions,” Mohobeledi concluded.

Rapulane Mokhaneli, the school principal, said he was grateful to see that the police officials could still go beyond their call of duty and help the needy community.

“I am very happy. The donation is evidence to every one of the interest that the police have in the community. I wish other stakeholders could learn from them and start coming on board to help our children. It is also saying to the parents that they should be equally responsible and encourage the learners to come to school,” he said.

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