Youth encouraged to fight crime

2018-07-20 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedPeople marching at a crime awareness campaign.

PHOTO: suppliedPeople marching at a crime awareness campaign.

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YOUNG people from Harry Gwala District were told not to get involved in criminal activities and to instead contribute to fighting crime.

Ubuhlebezwe Municipal mayor Zamo Nxumalo said young people who were involved in criminal activities run the risk of being denied employment within the SAPS in the future.

He was speaking at a crime awareness campaign, held by SAPS Harry Gwala Cluster, Ubuhlebezwe Municipality, and Department of Community Safety, at Ixopo Hall last Friday.

“Many posts at the SAPS need young people with no criminal record,” he said.

A community march was held on the streets of Ixopo town to encourage young people to get involved in crime fighting activities.

Mveliso Nohlaba, the Harry Gwala District Community Police Forum (CPF) chairperson, said the district had observed many murders since last year and young people need to partner with CPF to fight crime.

“Young people must establish crime prevention forums, and play leading roles in fighting crime.

“We also need young people to play sports instead of smoking dagga and abusing alcohol and drugs,” he added.

A group of rural men and women who established the Harry Gwala Community Crime Prevention association also formed part of the event and called for people to report criminals.

The association works with police and CPF in fighting stock theft and crime in general in rural communities.

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