Umlazi police emphasise school safety

The police officers together with teachers and pupils.

Umlazi SAPS Communication, Social Crime Prevention and the Community Policing Forum visited Isipingo Primary School at U Section to raise awareness about the different crimes affecting schools within the area.

Pupils were encouraged not to walk alone when going home after school but to rather walk in groups in order to avoid being victims of crimes. They were also told not to talk to strangers and to ensure they go straight home from school.

When Cpt Muzi Twala of Umlazi Social Crime Prevention addressed pupils, he told them to not to accept lifts or sweets from strangers and let their parents and family know where they are at all times.

“Pupils should not even bring valuables to school because it is important to be aware of their surroundings and not to be distracted by cellphones,” he added.

Cpt Twala warned pupils to keep away from trouble and to take care of themselves this festive season. He also encouraged them to play sport and to keep their minds stimulated by reading and watching educational programmes during the holidays.

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Sibongiseni Mdluli of Umlazi SAPS talked to pupils about the use of drugs in schools and the destroying of school property which could lead to a criminal record.
“Pupils must learn to stay focused, get an education, be young leaders and not be followers of criminals,” Mdluli added.

Pupils of Isipingo Primary School were also informed about sexual abuse and told to immediately report it to their parents, teachers or any older person that they trust, if there is someone who touches their body in a way that they feel uncomfortable.

Cpt Twala wished the pupils the best at school and told them to take their exams seriously as they will open doors for them in the future.

“I wish you all the best in your exams, stay away from drugs because they will not get you anywhere and stay safe during these upcoming holidays,” said Cpt Twala.

He also mentioned that it is important for pupils to ensure they know the Crime Stop number 08600-10111, and the emergency number 10111 when reporting crime or need assistance from police.

Noxolo Mkhwanazi

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