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Crime prevention responsibility of all

Fighting crime in all its forms needs participation of all stakeholders, says Ms Itshenkeng Tsheboyagae.

Speaking during a workshop organised by Ntwakgolo Cluster in Dutlwe in conjunction with Dutlwe Police on March 20, Ms Tsheboyagae, who was the guest speaker, said crime prevention was the responsibility of every human being.

She said crime, especially gender based violence, was perpetuated by men and women who did nothing even when they observed signs indicating something was wrong.

Ms Tsheboyagae observed that Dutlwe had been experiencing an upsurge in crime which affected mostly women and girls.

Calling for something to be done to stop the crime, the community builder said love related murders would ultimately take place if signs of abuse and violence were not attended to.  

She urged parents to react quickly if they observed anything suspicious and implored all  to utilise tribal administration and social work office services where necessary.

Ms Tsheboyagae said a strong crime free community was possible if all took the responsibility and acted swiftly on noticing any form of crime.

She said the theme “Child, the future for us all” was relevant for the workshop as it called on all to nurture and care for children.

A strong community, she said,  was built by law abiding citizens who raised their children well and guided them to be better people.

Ms Tsheboyagae advised abuse victims to seek professional help.

Outlining the workshop objectives, Supt Ocean Maraganyane of Takatokwane Police said the main aim was to sensitize the community on issues of defilement, rape and related crimes.

He said team work was a necessity in crime prevention as well as the identification of loopholes that may give way to crime.

Supt Maraganyane said Dutlwe village recently recorded a rise in cases of assault and assault common.

He further said the workshop proved that Ntwakgolo Cluster played an important role in crime prevention.

In his welcome remarks, Kgosi Motshegetsi Puleng of Dutlwe described the workshop as a milestone and suggested that the teachings be shared with those who did not attend,  especially the youth.

Kgosi Puleng asked the workshop facilitators to consider rolling it out to different areas so that the message could reach all people.

Commenting,  residents said crime should not be allowed to reign in their village as it could tarnish its image.

Mr Moithali Dikgokgwane said he was thankful for the information that had been shared with them and asked that the ideas be documented for sharing with others.

Mr Pontsho Ramatebele said the workshop was an eye opener and suggested that neighbouring villages be invited to future workshops of a similar nature so that they could also benefit. ends

Source : BOPA

Author : Booster Mogapi

Location : DUTLWE

Event : workshop

Date : Mar 21 Thu,2019

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