Keeping Umlazi school’s safe

Members of Umlazi SAPS, together with Lifeline social workers and Fundakahle Primary School pupils.

Umlazi Communications, Umlazi Social Crime Prevention and Lifeline were cordially invited by the staff of Fundakahle Primary School at R Section in Umlazi to educate pupils on the seriousness of theft, sexual offences bullying and malicious damage to property, recently.

The campaign was driven by the fact that there is a concern about the increase in number of cases reported at the school related to bullying and malicious damage to property.

Cnst GS Nyoni gave a talk on theft and encouraged pupils to refrain from such acts as it starts with taking little things like pencils and rulers and in the end it turns into big things. She also spoke about bullying and elaborated on the long term effects of bullying and how it can effect you emotionally.

Nyoni also encouraged pupils to strive to be the best in everything they do and to remember the main reason why they are sent to school by their parents.

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Cnst Nyoni explained to pupils the importance of reporting criminal matters to the police or any elder person they trust if they are being sexually abused regardless of their gender. She encouraged pupils to open cases and to co-operate with investigating officers after they have opened these cases.

“Pupils should not be a part of bullying groups as this can affect your future because it has been discovered that people who engage in bullying activities are bound to have a criminal record in the long run as they grow older. Pupils should not be scared to speak out and report bullying today,” said Cnst Nyoni.

Nozipho Majola who is the social worker at the Victim Friendly Centre at Umlazi SAPS spoke to pupils about the importance of discipline and also reminded pupils that their bodies belong to them and no one is allowed to touch them in an uncomfortable way.

“Report anyone who touches you in any way that makes them feel uncomfortable whether it’s a stranger, relative, friend or teacher,” said Majola.

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Candice George

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