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Engcobo SAPS involves youth in the fight against crime

Last updated on June 18, 2022

ENGCOBO – As part of Youth Day Celebrations, Engcobo SAPS organised Station Commander’s Cup soccer tournament where a number of teams were invited to participate. The initiative, which aimed at engaging youth, took place at Engcobo Village Sports Fields in Engcobo on Thursday, 16 June 2022.

The event was preceded by Crime Awareness Event that was honoured by a number of stakeholders, including Mayoral Office, Religious Fraternity, Traditional Leadership and Youth structures. Youth of Ngcobo and surroundings was engaged and addressed by different authorities who were in attendance, with an aim of ensuring collective efforts in ensuring safety in every corner of the society.

Engcobo Station Commander, Colonel Xolani Sali described the initiative as a workable strategy to engage youth in the fight against crime. He called upon youth to play their critical role in ensuring safety in their own respective environments, as criminality is a worrying concern. “We hereby invite everybody, especially youth yo join hands in the fight against crime, as fighting crime is everybody’s responsibility. Together we can fight crime effectively,” he said.

Chris Hani Acting District Commissioner, Brigadier Zuziwe Magqashela appreciated presence and support of different stakeholders, as she felt that everyone has a role to play in fighting crime, and dealing with moral decay in different societies.

Mayor of Dr. AB Xuma (former Engcobo) Local Municipality, Councillor Siyabulela Zangqa appreciated the collective efforts in ensuring harmony in every society. He emphasised the role of community, especially youth, in the fight against crime. “Everyone has a role to play in ensuring effective policing in every sphere of society. Crime is a societal matter, we therefore cannot let the police fight crime alone, while crime is committed in our communities, especially households,” he said.

Councillor Zangqa further characterised discipline and education as primary tools to change and shape the society. “Discipline is critical on and off the field, so that we can change attitudes in our society. I humbly urge you to take education seriously, in an effort to positively shape, innovate and transform every system in our communities,” he concluded.

Source: South African Police Service

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