Child Protection Week starts

2016-05-31 06:00
Primary school students from Hanover Park held a placard demonstration to commemorate and celebrate Child Protection Week on Friday morning.

Primary school students from Hanover Park held a placard demonstration to commemorate and celebrate Child Protection Week on Friday morning.

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During National Child Protection Week last week Philippi Police and Law Enforcement joined schools in the area to create awareness around the topic on Friday.

Philippi police spokesperson Lieutenant Lance Goliath says pupils and teachers of Blomvlei, Bellmore and Athwood primary schools aired their concerns around child abuse and child trafficking as well as anti-gangsterism and drugs.

“A total of 300 learners participated in placarding inside the school boundaries under the watchful eye of educators and police. Motorists passing by sounded their horns as a token of support to the children,” Goliath says.

Members of non-profit organisation Community Action towards a Safer Environment (Case) – which has long been active in Hanover Park – also showed the learners their support by placarding in Hanover Park Avenue.

On the same morning at about 08:45, Goliath says police apprehended a man for drug possession. “Opposite the back of Athwood Primary School in Erie Court police swiftly acted on information and arrested a 45-year-old man for the illegal possession of drugs. Police confiscated mandrax and dagga found in his possession. The drugs have an estimated street value of R500.”

The suspect appeared in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on Monday 30 May on a charge of illegal possession of drugs.

“Police in Philippi follow an integrated approach when it comes to the prevention and combatting of crime. Joining forces with other law enforcement agencies such as Metro Police, Traffic and Law Enforcement almost on a daily basis also helps to restore the trust between police and the broader public,” Goliath says.

Police raided several houses in search of illegal substances, wanted suspects and guns within the Hanover Park area. High police visibility was maintained throughout Hanover Park and giving more focus on identified areas where the most crime is being generated, he adds.

The station commander Colonel Dennis Abels says police will continue clamping down on crime and perpetrators. Police will maintain their zero tolerance approach in the combatting and investigation of crime.

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