SAPS roundup: Parents urged to be wary of child neglect

2016-09-21 06:00

UMHLALI SAPS spokesperson Vinny Pillay raised concerns about child safety and other related matters when he was speaking to the Weekly recently.

One such concern, he said, was that an increased number of parents leave minors to look after their children when they head to work or other appointments which may equate to abandonment and could result in the parents being charged with child neglect.

He urged parents to ensure that their children are being looked after by elderly guardians over the age of 18 as matters of such a nature are being treated as a serious issue by the SAPS.

Furthermore, Pillay expressed his concern over the ill-discipline of school pupils and the number of cases of bullying within school premises.

He said school pupils have grown disruptive and chaotic and that they disrespect their teachers.

A video which shows two Stanger Manor Secondary School pupils in a brawl went viral on Facebook recently which prompted the Department of Education to investigate who had leaked the video and it may have led to one of the pupils in the video being further victimised after the incident.

Pillay urged parents in and around the Umhlali, KwaDukuza areas to contact him on 073 310 0103 with regards to issues pertaining to child safety.

In an unrelated matter, Pillay urged local beachgoers to be wary when hiding their car keys or other values in the beach sand as criminals keep an eye on them and proceed to dig these up when beachgoers have gone in for a dip or a surf.


KwaMaphumulo SAPS along with local religious leaders will host a Matric Prayer Day at Vukile High School, in Maphumulo, on 8 October. All pupils from schools within the area and their parents are invited to attend the prayer day.

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