Pupils use own experience to design posters against stolen goods

2014-06-25 00:00

“DON’T buy stolen goods — you won’t like jail” — the stark message appears on an award-winning poster created by pupils at Glenmore Primary School.

The poster was one of many created as part of a school campaign to discourage people from buying stolen goods. The poster project grew out of an initiative begun by the Umbilo Community Policing Forum.

“It is our social responsibility as a CPF to educate the public on why they should not buy stolen goods,” said CPF chairperson Ben Madokwe. “By buying stolen stuff you are assisting in the increase of crime.”

Madokwe said there had been an increase in housebreaking in the area and items obtained in these robberies were then being sold on the streets. “We are asking people not to entertain people who are selling cheap goods in the area.”

After attending a CPF meeting Glenmore principal David Spiteri decided to bring the school on board the initiative. “Many of us have been offered stolen goods and lots of the pupils have too.”

Pupils from Grade 0 to 7 were given pointers on how to tackle making a poster with the added incentive of a R250 prize and the resulting posters were displayed in the school hall where the best poster was named at a short function yesterday.

One of the poster makers, Sinethemba Nkosi (11), said you shouldn’t trust people selling things in the street.

“Some people break into other people’s houses and sell the things they steal on the street.”

Zukisa Mbambo (12) and Glenda Poswa (12) designed a poster with the words “Stolen goods — too good to be true. Don’t buy stolen goods.”

“If you buy stolen goods you are a criminal as well, as you support them,” said Glenda, who added that she had experience of people trying to sell her stolen goods, especially watches.

Terena Dlamini (13) said it was “very important” not to buy stolen goods “because people have lost their lives while being robbed. People should be aware of this happening.”

Dylan Ruiters (12) had a hand in designing a poster that included the message “one man’s joy, another man’s misery”.

Dylan said people should think about how the people who were stolen from feel. He was talking from experience.

“Someone broke into our home and stole things.”

The winning poster was created by Kimera Pillay (10), Milisa Mkwenkweni (10) and Amahle Ngcobo (10). “We made it over two days,” said Milisa.

“I was very surprised when it was announced we were the winners,” said Amahle, while Kimera admitted “my heart was beating so fast when the principal began talking about our poster”.

Madokwe said he hoped to take the winning poster and a selection of the others to display in a local shopping centre.

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