ACJ march against crime

2018-06-21 06:01
ACJ Phakade Primary School teachers and learners brave the rain on Friday 15 June to march to Lwandle Police Station.

ACJ Phakade Primary School teachers and learners brave the rain on Friday 15 June to march to Lwandle Police Station.

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Teachers and learners of ACJ Phakade Primary School in Nomzamo abandoned their classrooms on Friday 15 June to raise various issues pertaining to crime in the area.

Learners clad in their uniform walked the streets of Nomzamo on their way to the Lwandle Police Station to deliver a memorandum.

Addressed to Lt Colonel Xolani Williams, it says they want to reaffirm and re-emphasise their concerns regarding reporting certain criminal acts committed by people from their communities that have affected them directly.

These include physical, sexual and emotional abuse, which include threats to commit these as well as harassment.

The rainy weather didn’t dampen the spirits of those who marched, who had their placards held high.

“It is painful to hear almost every day now of children being violated and suffering abuse in many ways,” said ACJ Phakade principal Thobile Majingo. “We the teachers, learners and parents of ACJ Phakade Primary School decided to take a stand against child abuse, but not drug abuse by learners, and those who sell the drugs must be brought to book.”

He questioned where the spirit of ubuntu was, where “we used to say my child is your child without any fear” was.

Majingo said the school decided on a march to raise their concerns about the serious issues afoot in their communities.

“Our kids are living in fear, they are the victims of rape, killings and drugs,” he pointed out. “Why are we living in sick communities? What went wrong with our conscience? Our police officers must play their part in protecting our kids, and justice needs to be upheld.”

The school’s memorandum urged that the station commander intervene in the following issues:

. Reports of child abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse and emotional abuse.

. Drugs in our community must be eradicated as a matter of urgency, they are killing communities.

. We want police visibility around the school, especially in the morning and afternoon.

. They also urged for regular training of police officers in how to deal with victims of domestic violence.

. The police must investigate all murders and rape as a result of violence or abuse against women and children properly, and ensure the perpetrators are brought to book and placed behind bars.


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