Removal improves safety for kids

2016-02-17 06:00
AN old car and an unused fridge were removed from the property of the Johnson and Booysen families in Kakamas as part of a quest to build a safer environment for children. The action was led by Martha Bartlett, MEC for transport, safety and liaison (third from the left, front). Photo: Supplied

AN old car and an unused fridge were removed from the property of the Johnson and Booysen families in Kakamas as part of a quest to build a safer environment for children. The action was led by Martha Bartlett, MEC for transport, safety and liaison (third from the left, front). Photo: Supplied

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AN old car and an unused fridge were removed from the property of the Johnson and Booysen families in Kakamas by Martha Bartlett, MEC for transport, safety and liaison, on Thursday (04/02) when she launched Safety Month.

The action was part of the department’s quest to build an environment in which children can feel safe and protected.

The Safety Month launch, under the theme Creating a safer environment for our children, comes after the tragic incident two weeks ago in which five children lost their lives when they suffocated in an old freezer in the backyard of their grandmo­ther’s house. The MEC urged the community to work with the SAPS to establish safer homes, safer schools and safer communities for children.

“They should join the community police forums and all anti-crime initiatives to mobilise all communities against any form in which crime may manifest,” Bartlett said.

“We are making a commitment here today to never allow such an incident that occurred in Kakamas to repeat itself. Our children are a national asset and we should protect and care for them to the best of our ability.”

The Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison, together with all its stakeholders, pledges itself to ensuring the creation of a safer environment for children.

“We encourage communities to remove all old appliances or any objects that may affect the safety of our children in the future. This campaign will be running throughout the province jointly with all our stakeholders and communities during Safety Month.

According to Geoffrey van der Merwe, the media liaison officer to the MEC, Bartlett also distributed eight presents to the remaining children of the Majiedt and Johnson family at the house of Maria Mkhonto, where the tragic incident occurred two weeks ago.

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