Police host bully workshop

2015-11-24 06:00

Police need people to come forward who witnessed an armed robbery in the early hours of the morning on Wednesday 9 September.

Sergeant Deidre Solomon, spokesperson of Kirstenhof police station, says the victim was taking pictures at the top of Ou Kaapse Weg when a white Nissan bakkie pulled up in front of the victim’s car. He and his passenger were approached by four men.

“They proceeded to the passenger side of the vehicle and pointed a firearm at the passenger. They were then instructed to hand over their possessions and to get out of the vehicle,” she says.

The victims were ordered to walk away from their car into the bushes. When they returned ten minutes later they discovered that their camera equipment and personal items to the value of R200 000 were taken.V Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to call the police on 021 702 8900.

Bullying workshopAfter receiving reports of numerous cases of bullying at schools, Kirstenhof police took the initiative to set up a workshop with the schools in the area to inform them of the Child Justice Act and the responsibilities that the school have in regard to reporting bullying cases.

Solomon says the workshop was run by Advocate Deon Ruiters of the Wynberg Sexual Offences Court. He focused on informing those present about the types of bullying and abuse, which includes social bullying.

Solomon says he emphasized Section 1 of the Childrens’ Act, subsection 305: A person is guilty of an offence if that person who has parental responsibilities and rights in respect of a child, care giver or other person abuses or deliberately neglects the child or abandons the child.

Section 110 (1) states there is a duty to report where a child is abused. This duty is applicable to various people – from the dentist to medical practitioners, teachers and social workers.

“It is a criminal offence and the consequences of the reporter not reporting it to the authorities can carry jail time of up to five years,” Solomon says.

A study was done that showed that the Western Cape recorded the highest reported cases of bullying.

Ruiters said at the workshop he felt that it showed that the province’s residents are reporting cases and taking a proactive approach in addressing bullying, that had increased by 57% among pupils.

“Some of the school representatives present spoke of their experiences in dealing with the Wynberg Sexual Offences Court and police and thanked the advocate and his team for their professionalism and care when dealing with these young victims,” Solomon says. V If you know of anyone who is being abused contact your nearest police station or Childline on 0800 55555. Anyone with information on crime can call the police on 10111 or Crime Stop on 0860 010 111.

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