MORE education, especially for children, is needed around human trafficking, including the dangers thereof.
This was encouraged by the provincial commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the Northern Cape, Lt. Gen. Risimati Shivuri, during the Hawks’ drug and human trafficking awareness campaign in Roodepan, Kimberley, on Tuesday, 1 December.
Applauding the campaign, Shivuri emphasised that children should be educated on the dangers of cellphones and other cyber instruments used in the commissioning of these crimes.
“The more we know about drugs and the effects it has on your body and your mind, the more you will be able to protect yourself against it,” he continued.
According to Lt. Sergio Kock, stakeholders such as the Community Policing Forum, National Prosecuting Authority, the Department of Education, the Department of Justice, Correctional Services, the Department of Social Development and the community came in numbers to show their support for the event which started off with a motorcade where the SAPS and different government departments drove through the streets of Roodepan, Jacksonville and Lerato Park to create awareness on this very important cause.
Maj. Gen. Liziwe Ntshinga reiterated that a good working relationship had to continue in the fight against crime so as to squeeze criminals and push them out of the community by having them arrested and rehabilitated in correctional centres. “The campaign also forms part of the programmes for 16 Days of Activism of No Violence Against Women and Children and will be rolled out throughout the province,” she added.
The programme was completed with stakeholders rendering messages of support and education of community members about drugs and human trafficking.