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Scholars made aware of the dangers of crime

An official from the Department of Health warned the learners about the effects that drugs can have on their bodies. She urged the children to distance themselves from illegal substances.

A crime awareness campaign was conducted at Nardini Convent School on Friday.
The event was organised by Mr Ramokaitso and Vryheid Community Policing Forum (CPF) chairperson Mr Joe Myeni.
The principal, Sister Mpume, welcomed the team of speakers from different departments. CMD social workers, DSD social workers, the Health Department, Correctional Services, CPF members and police shared the stage.
An official from the Department of Health warned the learners about the effects that drugs can have on their bodies. She urged the children to distance themselves from illegal substances.
Warrant Officer Ramokaitso from the SAPS talked about crimes like stealing, drug possession and murder, saying that crime can lead to arrest and having a criminal record. He further informed them about arrest procedures until the finalisation of a court case when an accused is sentenced.
He said that being sentenced by a court can destroy futures and that a criminal record can stand in your way when applying for jobs. “Rather concentrate on completing your studies.’’
A Community Corrections official further elaborated on what happens in prison when a person is sentenced. She told them about Section 36 of the Constitution (Limitation of Rights), which applies. It was said that a schedule is followed in prison and inmates must abide by the times that are set down for certain activities. Sleeping and eating times are the responsibility of the prison officials. “I will be impressed if I don’t see the children I taught in prison!”
Mr Myeni then held a question-and-answer session with the learners, further driving home the point that they must concentrate on their studies.
The principal thanked the team and the organisers of the day, saying that the learners indeed benefited a lot from this presentation.

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