Make streets safer for kids

2016-04-05 10:19
Manenberg police’s Captain Carol Fisher with children from the area as they move through the community to step up efforts in keeping the streets safe for them.

Manenberg police’s Captain Carol Fisher with children from the area as they move through the community to step up efforts in keeping the streets safe for them.

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Over the months of March and April, Manenberg police have turned their attention to keeping the streets safer for children.

“Protection of our young people is a priority within the police. These youngsters have the right to a quality life, a secure environment and a right to education so that they can be future role models. We are failing these young people by not reporting crime and not stopping criminal activities within our community,” states Manenberg police spokesperson Lieutenant Ian Bennett.
While March was the month for human rights, the advent of April brings with it the month of freedom. “How can we promote freedom when we allow our young people to be violated by people we know?

Freedom relies on the protection and guarding of human rights. The youth have become entrapped in gangs and gang activities as these entities portray negativities to be a way of life,” states Bennett.

He said that having the youth entrapped within their communities needs to changed by upstanding residents in the community.
“The youth only learn by example, so it is important for us as adults that we are conscious how we do things and when we are doing it. Children have the right to life. It is our duty as adults to ensure that their rights are protected,” Bennett added.

Bennett said that just before the Easter weekend the body of a newborn baby boy was found abandoned along a fence in Heideveld. He questioned whether the little boy would then have less rights than any other person or even the mother.
“If we can protect the rights of the most vulnerable we will be contributing to the growth of our communities which will make the country safer,” emphasised Bennett.

He went onto say that communities must not use poverty as an excuse to commit crimes of murder, rape, substance abuse and abuse of our women, children and senior citizens.
“We will encourage the community in April to report crime, abuse and any other criminal activity. We need to encourage the community to stand up against crime. Stop the violence – become active in crime prevention and be examples of how to be good citizens. Encourage the youth to learn and create opportunities for personal development.”
Anyone with information can contact Manenberg police on 021 699 9400 or CrimeStop on 08600  10111.

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