By AFRICA KA MAHAMBA
THE RIETGAT POLICE have been involved in awareness against the terrible crimes perpetrated against women and children earlier today. The awareness was made in partnership with the Gauteng Community Safety, Department of Health, Soshanguve Taxi Owners Association (SOTOA) and the Aka Sosha Non-Governmental Organization took to the streets to engage with taxi drivers and the community to help fight gender-based violence collectively.
Captain Stephen Maluleka said the awareness took place at the Block BB traffic circle and the Eastern side of Mabopane Station where over a thousand pamphlets were distributed to the motorists and pedestrians alike.
“The safety was however not confined to policing but also condoms were also distributed to help address health safety for the inhabitants.
“Various safety tips on the main contributors that often lead to gender-based violence such as sexual offence, assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm were distributed through these pamphlets,” said Maluleka.
He said carjacking, house robberies and armed robberies were also not spared during the campaign where taxi drivers, motorists and pedestrians appreciated the initiative since the festive season is looming.
The Rietgat Police Station Commander, Colonel Dikeledi Hlatshwayo lauded the initiative and encouraged the collaborative effort to curb crime.
“This collaboration will definitely reduce the scourge of crime, and I really appreciate it especially seeing the youth playing part in combating crime,” said Hlatshwayo.
The Rietgat CPF Chairperson Molefe Tau shared the same sentiments about clamping crime in the area.
“This is the step in the right direction; let’s keep fighting crime until everyone walks freely in the middle of the night,” said Tau.
This community outreach was also used as the platform to inform pedestrians about the newly introduced My SAPS APP, and they vowed to download it on their mobile phones. firstname.lastname@example.org