Pupils told to act against crime

2016-04-15 06:00
SAPS area commissioner Eric Mfenqe (far left) gives advices to pupils of Malcomes High at a crime awareness campaign. Photo: siphelele nketo

SAPS area commissioner Eric Mfenqe (far left) gives advices to pupils of Malcomes High at a crime awareness campaign. Photo: siphelele nketo

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PUPILS from Malcomes High in Kokstad took part in a crime awareness campaign which included a tour of Bongweni Correctional Centre (formerly Kokstad Maximum Prison) on Wednesday. The aim of the campaign was to encourage young people to stay away from crime.

Harry Gwala District SAPS area commissioner Eric Mfenqe told pupils that they must be aware about prison life so that when they do crime they will understand where they are going to be kept.

“The Correctional Service wants you to learn first hand about prison life. Today’s pupils are exposed to social media and they spend too much time on sites that lead them to do wrong things. Once you do crime you will end up in jail and your future will be destroyed,” said Mfenqe.

The awareness campaign was attended by members of the police, the Department of Social Development, teachers and correctional services staff.

Warrant Officer Thami Mtshali advised pupils do be the eyes and ears of police in their communities and in school. Mtshali encouraged them to join Crime Prevention Forums in their areas.

He also encouraged them to stay away from drugs and other activities which lead to teenage pregnancies.

One pupil, Inathi Mthini (18) said she is happy to visit Bongweni prison. “This is a not a good place for young people like me to stay because I have dreams to achieve.”

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