Youth aim to tackle crime

2016-07-20 06:00
YOUTH AGAINST CRIME (YAC) has elected a new executive committee. From the left are, front: Monique Ratel (secretary), Lebogang Movuri (deputy chairperson), Benjamin Puduwe (chairperson), Lerato Sebe (deputy secretary) and Rolene Ratel (treasurer); back: Omphemetse Moholoeng (Youth Against Crime’s station secretary), Tshenolo Setlogelo (additional member), Kelebogile Shuping, Const. Lebogang Rygaard (social crime coordinator in the Northern Cape), Macdonald Gelekile and Mo­thusimang Kobe (chairperson of Youth Against Crime). Photo: Supplied

YOUTH AGAINST CRIME (YAC) has elected a new executive committee. From the left are, front: Monique Ratel (secretary), Lebogang Movuri (deputy chairperson), Benjamin Puduwe (chairperson), Lerato Sebe (deputy secretary) and Rolene Ratel (treasurer); back: Omphemetse Moholoeng (Youth Against Crime’s station secretary), Tshenolo Setlogelo (additional member), Kelebogile Shuping, Const. Lebogang Rygaard (social crime coordinator in the Northern Cape), Macdonald Gelekile and Mo­thusimang Kobe (chairperson of Youth Against Crime). Photo: Supplied

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IN an effort to revive Youth Against Crime (YAC), five young people were elected to serve in Sector B, which is the Witdam Police Station.

This took place at a meeting on Wednesday (13/07). The same process is being undertaken in other sectors to fight crime and address the challenges faced by youth in the province.

Const. Lebogang Rygaard, the social crime coordinator in the Northern Cape, said the revival had been triggered by a concern that the YAC had been performing poorly because of a lack of membership.

The meeting, chaired by Rygaard, saw the election of a new executive committee, which will be tasked with coming up with programmes to support the youth in their respective sectors.

Rygaard encouraged the newly-elected executive committee and said they would get proper leadership training and mentorship from relevant stakeholders, such as Business Against Crime and the Community Policing Forum (CPF), which is their mother body.

He further urged young children who are interested to also take part in this forum, even if they are under the age of 17, so that can learn to take responsibility at an early age.

“We are going to show strong visibility, as we will be running school programmes as well,” he said.

He told the executive members that community safety was a priority for them, as they had been elected to serve the needs of the broader community.

The YAC station secretary, Ompheme­tse Moholoeng, told the members that they needed to become more visible in the community and among children.

“We need to educate children not to be afraid of going to a police station. They have to be taught what the duties of police officers are and not to be afraid of asking for assistance or reporting cases.”

WO Motsamai Ngwato of the Witdam Police Station urged the community to work with the YAC.

“You can help them address the issue of young people who get involved in criminal activities like break-ins, because they will be in your community,” Ngwato said.

The group was urged to use social media to communicate effectively.

Youth between the ages of 17 and 35 years were encouraged to participate or share their skills.

For more information, contact the Youth Against Crime station secretary, Moholoeng, on 071-710-9496.

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