Children kept busy during vac

2016-07-14 06:00
 Constable Mbiza of Lingelethu SAPS addressin Endlovini children.

Constable Mbiza of Lingelethu SAPS addressin Endlovini children.

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Young children from Enkanini and Endlovini were kept busy Harare and Lingelethu SAPS staff members and other community leaders during the school vacation.

Spearheaded by the Docks Mission Church and Department of Community Safety the programme sought to keep youngsters “busy during the break”.

Docks Mission Church leader Reverend Mongezi Valashiya said this is one of their annual programmes to teach children about safety and life skills.

Speakers from the Department of Community Safety, the police urged the young ones to obey the law.

“Young people are very impressionable and it’s good that the pastors are always putting programmes that speak to the young to keep them focussed,” said Valashiya.

Speakers from the correctional services, social workers, community police forum (CPF) also addressed the children.

Zoliswa Yaphi from the CPF urged the children to respect their parents and the law.

“To stay out of trouble, you must obey the law and focus on your studies,” said Yaphi.

Speaking on behalf of South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (Sanca), Mnoneleli ‘Tolo’ Ndlangalavu praised both the church for their role.

Docks Mission’s Reverend Valeshiya said they had a similar programme last year and the “results were amazing”.

“Parents came to us and said their children learned a lot during these camps and we saved them from getting involved in gang fights,” he said.

Children also enjoyed the interaction with Harare SAPS’s Sergeant Koegelenberg who spoke against crime.

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