Marching for child protection

2015-06-10 06:00
KwaDukuza Deputy Mayor Dolly Govender, Department of Social Development Manager Mike Pitso and members of Breakthrough Centre getting ready for the Child Protection Day march in Etete on Saturday. Read more on page 7.
 Photo: Makhosandile Zulu

KwaDukuza Deputy Mayor Dolly Govender, Department of Social Development Manager Mike Pitso and members of Breakthrough Centre getting ready for the Child Protection Day march in Etete on Saturday. Read more on page 7. Photo: Makhosandile Zulu

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BREAKTHROUGH Centre, in partnership with the Departments of Social Development, Health, Agriculture, Justice and Education as well as Cogta, Sassa, Saps, Sanca and the KwaDukuza Traffic Department had a Child Protection Day march in Etete, on Saturday.

The march was on the second last day of Child Protection Week which was themed “Working together to protect children”.

KwaDukuza Deputy Mayor Dolly Govender was part of the marching contingent which was made up of government officials, members of the Kidz Club and pupils from local schools.

Breakthrough Centre’s Pastor Trevor Nair said: “This present generation carries the awesome responsibility of ensuring that the next generation is a wholesome generation free from limitations, boundaries or barriers. What we allow today will either become our friends or enemies in the future. Every citizen needs to rise up and speak out against child abuse.”

He described child abusers as wicked men who are children to commit abusive crimes on children because of their selfish needs.

He said: “We need to put a stop to the crippling effect of child abuse. Breakthrough Centre carries a mandate to raise the standard for the next generation thus ensuring that we have a sustainable future for our children. ”

The marchers made their way through the community with every stop made so an individual would take centre stage and speak out against child abuse whilst tasking community members with the responsibility of upholding the rights of children and ensuring that their dignity is protected.

Manager of the Department of Social Development, Mike Pitso, commended the Breakthrough Centre Team for their ongoing involvement in ensuring a brighter future for children in Etete.

Children’s faces were painted with green ribbons which to symbolise Child Protection Week and after the march enjoyed a special treat of sandwiches, iced lollies, chips and lollipops for each child as well as an educational programme with entertainment from clowns, a magic trick to illustrate how we can break the cycle of abuse and a hilarious and inspiring puppet show

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