Graaff Reinet SAPS celebrates Human Rights Day by creating awareness

Substance abuse is taking over the youth of South Africa and the SAPS Eastern Cape in partnership with its External Stakeholders are saying “No” to this.

Human Rights Day was no ordinary Day for the community of Asherville, in Graaff Reinet where An Awareness Campaign with the theme” Human Rights with Responsibilities” event was held today 21 March 2018 at the Kollie Koeberg Stadium.

The aim of this awareness was to address issues of teenage pregnancy, drug and substance abuse, uncontrollably and unjustified absenteeism from school, educating the communities. Special attention was given to the community of Asherville.

Acting Station Commander of Graaff Reinet, Lt Col Beaulah Siyaya welcomed all in attendance, and in her purpose of the day she acknowledge the Provincial Commissioner of the Eastern Cape, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga in her absentia for spearheading engagements with communities in the EC and who encouraged station commanders to interact with their stakeholders.

“We have set this day aside because we care for you. Your wellbeing and your safety is our priority,” Lieutenant Colonel Siyaya added in her address.

The Deputy Cluster Commander, Colonel Jonathan Van De Reede on behalf of Cluster Commander Brigadier Adolph educated the community on Prevention of Domestic Violence. The unit Commander of FCS Capt Wena Theron addressed the community on Rape and Violence against women and children.

A Display from SAPS K9 Unit was conducted demonstrate the capabilities of our police dogs.

A Survivor of crime who is now a Reformed Ambassador, Mr Goerge Flemmer also addressed the community and shared his personal experience. Jail is a no go.

Various departments such as the Department of Correctional Services, Social Development, Home Affairs, Safety and Liaison, Justice and the Business Chamber, had a message of support and educated the community on thier respective core functions to support the SAPS in the fight against crime.

Community Policing Forum Station Chairperson, Mrs Cathy Hopkins said in her acknowledgment address, We want to build a safer community in Graff Reinet, But we cannot do it without the Community of Graaff Reniet”. She extended a special word of gratitude to Station Community Police Officer, Sgt Clintin Joose “thank you for organizing such a meaningful event at such short notice” she further emphasized the importance of maintaining and strengthening a good relationship between The CPF, SAPS and all other stakeholders. “We need to work hand in hand in the same spirit”

Source: South African Police Service