Cops donate winter warmth

2016-07-21 06:00
Members of Langa SAPS, CPF members and senior citizens, on Monday, at Nomzamo Senior Club, Langa. PHOTOS: mbongiseni maseko

Members of Langa SAPS, CPF members and senior citizens, on Monday, at Nomzamo Senior Club, Langa. PHOTOS: mbongiseni maseko

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Mandela Day could not have come a day sooner for a group of senior citizens from Langa.

They received donations of beanie hats and scarves from local police officers, together with the Community Policing Forum (CPF) as part of Mandela Day duty on Monday.

About 30 senior citizens from Nomzamo Senior Club were happy to receive the goodies that will keep them warm during this winter chill.

Inspector Odwa Makupula, communication officer at Langa Police Station, said police officers and CPF members dug from their own pockets to make the presents possible.

“This is coming from our hearts. We are trying to cultivate and enhance a partnership with senior citizens. They are very important in the society because they possess the wisdom we need. Last year, we focused on disabled children and this year our focus is on senior citizens. This is part of our social responsibility programme,” Makupula said.

Nontsikelelo Zawula, 88, a senior citizen, spoke highly of the donors.

“I am very happy with the donation. We did not expect it. I always wanted to own a scarf because it is cold. I am warm now. I would like to thank them,” Zawula said.

Faith Makana, the deputy chairperson of the CPF, said their joint venture was fruitful and made senior citizens very happy.

“Our aim was to do something good for the elders as part of our 67 Minutes for Mandela Day. Elders become victims of abuse most of the time in the society and in their families,” Makana said.

Raymond Bokako, a co-ordinator for Nomzamo Senior Club, said the day was a reminder of the late international icon, Mandela.

Senior citizens shared their memories of him and also presented poems about him.

“They are very happy for the day and for the donation.

They feel that they are loved. The police officers are also promised to help those who lost their IDs (Identity Documents) to apply for them,” Bokako said.

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