By Robert Maswanganyi
Phalaborwa- Over 1000 students at Mopani TVET College at Phalaborwa campus were addressed by Sergeant Nkwinika of the Phalaborwa’s Social Crime Prevention coordinator and communication officer, Sergeant Mongwe about the fundamental matters relating to crime affecting students at tertiary institutions.
Students were encouraged to invest in education and cautioned not to partake in criminal activities such as theft, drugs, fraud, assault, carrying of dangerous weapons and illegal protests.
Sergeant Mongwe further encouraged students to participate in Community Youth based crime prevention programs that comprise of Youth Sports Against Crime (YCOP) and Community Policing Forum (CPF).
Meanwhile, Safer Schools Campaign were also conducted at Boshatolo Primary School, Mmudiana Primary School and Mamputjane Secondary School respectively. Amongst the topics discussed included dangers of hitchhiking and domestic violence.
SAPS partnered with the Department of Social Development, CPF, Youth Sports Against Crime (YCOP) and Community Policing Forum (CPF) and VEP. Bullying, discipline, theft, teenage pregnancy and consequences of acquiring criminal record were highlighted and discouraged.
Learners were urged to act against abuse and to report crime. The management of the institutions humbly applauded sterling efforts by all the stakeholders and pleaded for continuous visits to motivate the students.