Transport MEC visits local schools

MEC of Transport, Community and Safety Liason, Mxolisi Kaunda together with the Fairvale Secondary School principal, Dale Seidle and pupils.

The MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liason, Mxolisi Kaunda visited school’s in the Wentworth and Umbilo area, addressing concerning issues that the pupils are currently facing, on Wednesday, April 19.

These schools visits form part of government’s broader programme to address social ills and to eradicate the scourge of crime in our communities. Drug searches were also conducted by the SAPS on the day, which aimed at ensuring that there was a conducive environment for learning in the schools.

In his address to the pupils, Kaunda said, the reason for the visit together with the MEC for Education and the police is because last year,an agreement to work together in ensuring the safety of our schools in the province was signed.

“We believe that schools are part of the community and it is the responsibility of communities to ensure that schools have a conducive environment for learning. It is for this reason that we encourage schools and communities to form schools safety committees which must rally the entire community to take full ownership of the schools. In so doing, we will be able to address vandalism of our schools and most importantly eradicate all forms of criminality within the school premises,”said Kaunda.

He added, “I also want to warn you as pupils that drugs are one of the key contributors to the decline of morals and crime in our communities. They also pose a serious threat to your future.  Most pupils who abuse drugs often drop out from school and become hardened criminals. What concerns us most is that these drug traffickers are targeting the youth, particularly the pupils.

Here is a stern warning, stay away from drugs because you will get arrested and spend time in jail or die at a young age.  As young people, you are the future of this country and this government, lead by President Zuma wants to ensure that you realise your dreams. We want to see doctors, engineers and astronauts coming out of this school, not hardened criminals.”

Kaunda who said he had adopted this area, will be visiting the area, and will  be seen on the streets and making unannounced visits to homes.

“If you have friends, relatives or family members who are making a living by selling drugs just go and tell them resign because we are hot on their heels. We are forward to work with your teachers, your parents and all stakeholders to eradicate the scourge of crime in Wentworth and Umbilo because fighting crime is a collective responsibility,”he concluded.

Nadia Khan

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