CAMBRIDGE – SAPS Cambridge, in partnership with the Community Policing Forum (CPF) and various role-players including Safety and Liaison, Masimanyane Women Support Centre and the Resurrection Group addressed the Stoneydrift community on rights and safety of children while also focussing on crimes mostly affecting them as well as some elements’ unwillingness to work with the police. This event was held at the uThixo ulungile church.

Mrs Shereline, a member of the Global Mercy Mission, who runs a crAche in this community, welcomed everyone in attendance. Amongst the people who attended were Safety and Liaison officer Sandiso Mlete, the CPF chairman Mr Mambukwe, Masimanyane’s victims support centre social worker Ms Linda and Mrs Glory Majangaza from the Resurrection group.

Linda from Masimanyane informed the community about the role that she plays at the police station, she also gave advice to the parents about how they should take care of their children.

Safety and Liaison officer educated the people of the community about what his roles and responsibilities while also telling them about the role of the CPF in their communities. He also said that everyone has a responsibility to make sure that children are safe. Mrs Majangaza from Resurrection group stressed the fact that children have a right to safety and identity. She also told the community that they offer free counselling services.

The Cambridge Station Manager, Brigadier Pumla Mndlankomo said that parents should be examples to their children, they should hide any sexual activities from their children because children practice what they see.

There was a question and answer session whereby the members of the community were given an opportunity to ask or to complement the SAPS. One of the community members, Siyabulela Nea, asked about the time it will take for the police to arrive after they have been called.

Nolubabalo a member of the community and also part of the committee asked what she should do if she reported a case and the police didn’t follow up on it.

Lastly, Zinolayo Ngxithe the chairperson of the community committee complained that she has tried to get a hold of the councillor but she cannot get a hold of him.

Wendy Mbambatha thanked sis Linda from Masimanyane about helping her when she was going through a hard time. Brigadier Mdlankomo addressed the community’s questions and Shereline from the Global Mercy Missions gave a vote of thanks.

Source: South African Police Service