Spreading cheer and safety

2015-12-10 06:00
Tongaat SAPS distribute meals during their festive safety drive. Photo: supplied

Tongaat SAPS distribute meals during their festive safety drive. Photo: supplied

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TONGAAT SAPS in partnership with The Trauma Centre and Food For Life visited poor areas in the community to distribute meals and hold safety talks with the community for the festive season.

Some of the places visited included Saraswathie Primary School, Frasers, Tutukani, Pholani and Lungalani.

Tongaat SAPS communications officer, Manisha Maharaj-Marie said police wanted to spread some cheer among the poorest areas in the community while also ensuring the community is safe by educating and giving them tips on avoiding unnecessary harm.

“In particular we focused on the children and giving them tips on what they should avoid during the holidays when they are at home, the parks and beach,” said Maharaj-Marie.

“These places that are frequently visited during the festive period will be monitored by police, but to avoid any incidents we have asked both parents and children to ensure there is always adult supervision.”

Maharaj-Marie said adults were also warned not to carry large amounts of money to do their festive shopping, but to try and use cards for safety purposes.

“We also spoke to the adults on how to avoid harm and crime during the festive season by ensuring they are aware of their surroundings at all times, their homes are secure and to always notify someone about where they are going,” said Maharaj-Marie.

“We also spoke to the community about abuse as it was still 16 Days of Activism.”

The safety and festive drive was also the start of a partnership with Food For Life which has just started in Tongaat and is an organisation made up of different religious groups.

“The Trauma Centre and SAPS have joined in a venture with Food For Life to reach out to the needy in the community through outreach programmes which will be run together to combat crime while also providing the community with meals,” said Maharaj-Marie.

“In the new year we will be looking at running a more detailed programme in the community with this partnership.”

Tongaat SAPS have also created brochures for safety in general and for the festive season which include contact numbers for assistance for each area.

“We are currently working on distributing this among the community,” said Maharaj-Marie.

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