Attempts to equip youth

2019-06-27 06:00
Mthetheleli Wantyi is one of the people that spoke to the children of Nyanga during the community safety session. PHOTO: siyabonga kalipa

Mthetheleli Wantyi is one of the people that spoke to the children of Nyanga during the community safety session. PHOTO: siyabonga kalipa

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Nyanga Community Policing Forum (CPF), local police and religious leaders held a community safety session with children from the area.

The session took place on Thursday 20 June at the Shawco Centre. It was the first of many such sessions to ensure that children are kept safe during the school holidays. The sessions will be held in different areas in Nyanga.

The sessions are aimed at equipping children with ways to behave and avoid being involved in crime.

CPF secretary Dumisani Qwebe said they decided to partner with the churches and the police to raise awareness and campaign against criminal activities in Nyanga.

For many years the area has been rated as the nation’s “murder capital” and the CPF plans to change that.

“Our aim is to invest in our youth because if we do not we will lose them to the life of crime,” he said. He added they want to change the narrative about Nyanga to boost tourism.

Qwebe said they want young people to have good role models and to stop looking at criminals as their role models.

Pastor Victor Pike, from Higher Praise Christian Centre, said their involvement in the campaign is to instil family values. “Our society is broken so we are trying to restore it back to what it was before,” said Pike, adding that they also teach children about God.

Nyanga police spokesperson Captain Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi said they are addressing the issues affecting children, especially crime. She said they encourage the youth from the area not to be involved in crime although most of them are unemployed. She said crime records make it hard for people to get jobs.

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