Youth Urged to be Ambassadors Against Crime

By Bukiwe Mdabula

The Eastern Cape Department of Safety and Liaison hosted a youth dialogue at the University of Fort Hare in Alice on Monday 18 March 2019.The aim of the programme was to educate the community about Human Rights, it  was a build-up programme ahead of the Human Rights day.

Present at the event were Stakeholders such as the National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa (NPA) which outlined its role in the justice system. Junior Commissioners from all over Amathole District were present on the event to lead discussions on the role of the youth in the fight against crime. The department introduced a concept whereby young people would act as young commissioners and ambassadors that would engage with leaners as well as conduct awareness programmes at schools to educate the youth about crime.

MEC Tikana said the government wanted to renew the country and wanted young people to be part of the process of renewal: “Most of the people involved in criminal activities are young. What we aim to achieve with this initiative is to engage the youth because we want young people to grow up as responsible citizens,” said MEC. She also urged junior commissioners to partake in the fight against crime at a provincial level.

Raymond Mhlaba Mayor Bandile Ketelo said it was important that the event was held at Alice because: “The level of crime in Alice is very high and it is something that poses a huge threat to people that work at the institution.” He added that the safety of students and staff was of attar most importance and if their right to feel free and safe was not prioritised he feared that they would abandon the institution.

One of the students that took part during the debate session on the day, Sinokhanyo Koloti (16) a Grade 11 pupil from Ulwazi High school in Mdantsane mentioned that it was important for parents to be role models to their children and also appreciated the department for its efforts to empower and educate them about crime; “I believes that the initiative will make us better persons in the future,” said Koloti.