Thabong youths empowered

2015-07-15 06:00
FIGHTING CRIME: A group of youths attended the youth empowerment and crime prevention session held recently.
 Photo: Teboho Setena

FIGHTING CRIME: A group of youths attended the youth empowerment and crime prevention session held recently. Photo: Teboho Setena

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PRIVATE and public stakehol-ders have teamed-up to engage the youth in Thabong, Welkom, via dialogue to participate in a crime prevention and socio-economic developmental programme.

The dialogue programme was held at the Thabong Community Centre on 25 June.

It informed the youth about the available socio-economic developmental initiatives to participate in as opposed to risking their lives engaging in gangsterism.

The participating stakeholders included the Department of Police, Roads and Transport, the Thabong police’s Social Crime Unit, the Department of Social Development, Correctional Services, the Road Accident Fund, the National Youth Development Agency and the Wisdom Cup Media Centre.

Malebo Khosana, spokesperson of the Thabong police, said criminal formations and gangs remained a major concern in the community.

He said rival gangster groups operating in different areas in the township of Thabong participated in the one-day programme.

Police vans were seen transporting youths to the host venue to participate in the programme.

Among the gangster groups were the International Junior Portuguese (IJP), Vatos Logos (VL), Drugs and Alcohol (Dandamp;A) and Fire Boys.

Khosana said rival gangs were united under one umbrella after having hosted a series of events focusing on encouraging youths to participate in crime prevention platforms such as the Community Policing Forum and anti-crime programmes.

“Activities were aimed at breaking down the barriers between the youngsters who associated themselves with gangster groupings in Thabong.

“The dialogue focused on abandoning gang activities and rather focusing on their (the youths’) development,” he said.

Khosana said the presentations also focused on opportunities for youth development and empowerment through participation in economic and social development as a whole

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