Police use sport to take youth away from drugs and crime

Winners of Kamalinee Primary School, together with the various stakeholders.

Isipingo SAPS invited 10 primary schools in the area to a programme held at Kamalinee Primary School which consisted of talks from various speakers on drug and alcohol abuse.

Thereafter, a volleyball tournament was held.  Communications officer of Isipingo SAPS, Cpt David Ragavan said 56 pupils from the primary schools took part in the tournament and thoroughly enjoyed the day.

“Kamalinee Primary School emerged victorious and each team member received a trophy and medal and the winning school was awarded a floating trophy as well. We would like to thank all our sponsors for making the day a success. We plan to hold similar events henceforth to steer our youth in the right direction,” he said.

Pupils were addressed by the branch commander at Isipingo SAPS, Cpt P Naidoo, Cpt Ragavan, Cpt Zama- Vispol, Mr Adin David from the Isipingo CPF, Mrs Nxumalo from Child Welfare and Mrs Jessie James from African Bank.

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They addressed the youth on the importance of saving and investments for a brighter future. She also advised the youth on the education products available at African Bank.

Each of the speakers encouraged the pupils to focus on sports instead of being influenced by peers into drugs and alcohol.

Cpt Ragavan added, “It is the responsibility of police and their partners to steer the youth away from the path of destruction and onto a route of constructive choices.”

Secretary of the Isipingo CPF, Donald Naidoo said, “Isipingo SAPS, together with the Isipingo CPF, and other role-players have brought sport back into schools to take pupils away from drugs, alcohol and crime. Making the pledge was the first step in making a difference in their lives using sports as a medium. We want to thank the stakeholders who made this day a successful event.”

  AUTHOR
Nikita Chiniah
Journalist

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