Written by Natasha Levendall
Tuesday, 10 May 2011 14:09
Story type: Community policing
Publish date: 14 Mar 2011
Province: Western Cape
Story: Mitchells' Plain residents and shop owners may have thought that Women's Day came early this year when they heard about International Women's Day at the Westgate Shopping Mall.
But, their fears were allayed when police members told them that Women's Day is commemorated and celebrated on 9 August annually in South Africa, while International Women's Day is on 8 March every year - celebrated across the world.
The Westgate Shopping Mall was abuzz with police members and people on Tuesday, 8 March 2011.
People came to look at several SAPS exhibit tables, including those that were set up by Capt Gerhard Niemand (Kuils River SAPS) and Capt Arthur Minnaar (Provincial Corporate Communication).
The two captains showed how the various drugs look like, its effects on the human brain and the severe consequences if the drug-use is sustained over a long period of time.
But, the highlight of the two-hour long event was Const Maddie Abrahams, runner-up in the recent SA Got Talent TV series.
She blurted out the songs which made her a crowd favourite across South Africa at the height of the TV competition.
The event gave the residents a chance to meet the SAPS' top brass, including station and cluster commanders based across the province.
Residents were able to speak to Michael Jacobs, the Mitchells' Plain CPF Cluster Chairperson, who answered questions around community concerns.
Top Government officials, including those from the Directorate for Public Prosecution (DPP), Mitchells' Plain Magistrates' Court's Senior State Prosecutor, Adv Laeticia du Plessis, and prominent non-governmental organisations attended the event.
Another highlight of the event was the performances of two primary schools based in Mitchells' Plain.
Directed by Const Hendry Balie (Social Crime Prevention: Mitchells' Plain SAPS), Khaya and Montague primary schools' learners sang some heart-wrenching songs regarding the safety and care of children.
Julayga Alfred, a Director for Activists Networking Against the Exploitation of Children (Anex), addressed the audience and said that the "moulding of the child starts in the home".
She said: "Human Trafficking and children who go missing are a societal problem which must first be addressed by us as the community." She received a standing ovation.
Ms Alfred appealed to the adults and children to remember the toll-free all-hours number for the National Counter: Human Trafficking - 0800555999 0800555999 - to report incidents.
SAPS rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Surname & Initial: N. Joseph
Cellphone: 082 777 6004
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 May 2011 14:10 )