Durban denies rounding up street kids

2011-10-19 15:33

Durban - The eThekwini metro police have denied planning to round up street children ahead of an international climate change conference in Durban.

"We always have operations aimed at removing street kids, but they always return to the streets after 24 hours," spokesperson Eugene Msomi said on Wednesday.

He denied homeless children would be removed because of the United Nations Climate Change conference (COP 17), to be held at Durban's Inkosi Albert Luthuli convention centre from November 28 to December 9.

The New Age newspaper on Wednesday quoted Msomi saying all begging street children and adults would be rounded up before COP 17, because they mugged tourists.

Msomi however told Sapa roundup operations happened all the time. They involved the courts, police and the social welfare department.

"When there is an event we emphasise the point that we need to work together in placing street kids in places of safety."

Msomi said the city had received complaints from motorists saying some street children begged aggressively. Many street children were responsible for pick-pocketing and robbing people, especially on the beachfront, he said.

"We are not ashamed or embarrassed by the street kids, because this happens all over the world. Our concern is the crime they commit," Msomi said.

  • Frank - 2011-10-19 15:43

    Durban denies rounding up street kids for COP17, but confirms that it rounds up street kids for every other reason.

      motsoka - 2011-10-19 15:46

      Point being...

      Servaas - 2011-10-19 15:46

      @Frank: This is the IQ of the current government.. "When there is an event we emphasise the point that we need to work together in placing street kids in places of safety." And after events you lot just don't give a damn..

      Jason - 2011-10-19 16:01

      and lets bring in the blunt wagon..

      Coco - 2011-10-19 16:07

      @ White Priviledge Your grunting noises didn't make any sense the first time you posted this and they don't make any sense now. You have not answered the question: "Who oppresses blacks in the rest of Africa?"

      Johan - 2011-10-19 16:13

      @WhitePrivilege, ....and what about the rest of Africa..?? ...where there is NO whites... ...Who is to blame for their misery..??

      Deon - 2011-10-19 16:39

      WP, less talk and more work might get you ahead of the rest sooner. Work and probably knowing the right people helped in getting us a few black billionares within 20 years. If they can do it, so can you too.

      Coco - 2011-10-19 21:38

      Who the freekin heck reported the comment of "White Priviledge" for deletion? WHY? Jesus Christ what is this, the Gestapo?!

      Coco - 2011-10-19 21:45

      Progress cannot be made through censorship. Oppressing opposing views is the worst thing the media can do. "White Priviledge" is a deluded nut, but please News24, don't delete his comments.

  • Jason - 2011-10-19 15:45

    if ur skin is black and there are even whites who are so gullible to believe BS like global warming

  • francois.roux1 - 2011-10-19 16:08

    Ok so they don't round them up, they just make sure they are in a place of Six of the one half a dozen of the other...pfffft

  • loueldon.beyersbergen - 2011-10-19 16:18

    @WhitePrivilege I don’t know if you are aware, but your great, great, great grandfather exchanged your great, great uncle as a slave for a shiny spoon to the whites. Stop insulting the whites for your own and your forefathers’ mistakes.

  • Alva - 2011-10-19 16:38

    Why the hype about removing street kids? Kids don't belong on the streets to begin with.

  • Ralph - 2011-10-19 16:44

    All street urchins should be rounded up. They should put into special schools which should be built or set aside. The schools should be run on semi-military lines. The idea is not to punish the children but to give them an education and an opportunity in life. Just leaving them on the streets does not help them in anyway. After the initial schooling they must be given the opportunity to do a trade or some further study of their choice. They did not choose to be here.

      goyougoodthing - 2011-10-22 12:37

      Ralph, these are children who possibly have no choice. Yes they should be provided for, in a loving home or a children's home if there are not enough foster parents. But they must go to school like everyone else, they must be given the same opportunities. Just because they are on the streets does not mean they are stupid. In Durban some of the former street children are doing exceptionally well, winning surfing champs, travelling to the UK to present to parliament etc etc. They need a chance and they need to be cared for, sending them home as is currently the case just continues the cycle of abuse.

  • Themba - 2011-10-19 16:46

    Well said white-privilage, the gretest oppressor in this planet is the white. that is the fact which is seen by the blind, remember that SA has as so called a compromising costitution, which was an idea of a man who was prepared to die for as long as this country can be so called a raimbow nation. it is a fact the black people are suffering like thios because of the oprassion from the past, and they still want to continue with the opression by burning the songs,,

      Winsome - 2011-10-19 19:12

      For goodness sake Themba - you cannot change the past and can do very little about the future - but you can do something NOW - like stop the blame game and the silly remarks you put on this site.

  • Bill - 2011-10-19 17:12

    You bunch of lairs...!

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-10-22 09:47

    They are liars. Complete liars. Ask them where they send the kids.

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