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SAPS initiative treats Northern Areas children to cricket match

Dec 10, 2018
SAPS initiative treats Northern Areas children to cricket match

There are  things that one can do to ensure that children, who live in a community that is endemic with violent crimes can emerge as victors with positive attitudes by just showing them a little love and care.

With that in mind, the Mount Road Cluster Community Policing Forum board members treated 20 children - aged between 8-14, to a cricket match between the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants and Tswane Spartans, which was held at the St George’s Park cricket stadium in Port Elizabeth.

"The areas Gelvandale and Bethelsdorp is rife in gang related crimes and this gesture is part of the proactive programmes initiated by the SAPS and community forums," explained police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

"Programmes such as these prevent children from going astray and to change their mindset that there is a better life for every child instead of choosing a path of crime."

Initiative meant to steer Northern Areas kids from violence

She said that the Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga and the Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, Mongameli Bobani, surprised the children with their presence.

"The children were ecstatic when they were handed some 'goodies' and were treated as VIP’s. They also took pictures with the local teams," Col Naidu said.

Speaking at the event, Lt Gen Ntshinga, said; "These children are our future leaders and society needs to mould, nurture and inspire them to believe in themselves that reaching their dream is only grasp away.

"As adults we have a responsibility to encourage, support and guide them to believe in themselves. Initiatives such as this will definitely have an impact on their  lives."

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