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Linden Bible Study group and NPO thank Tembisa police

LINDEN – Bible study group and the NPO Matla a Bana thank the Tembisa police for helping abused children.

The Linden Bible Study group and the NPO Matla a Bana gave thanks to Tembisa Police on 13 October in Linden.

Food, drinks and gifts were given to police members to thank them for the work they do to help abused children.

Linden Bible Study group chairperson Helene Wessels said the group prays for the police and provides them with training on how to handle traumatised and abused children.

Women of the bible study group say they are proud to be associated with the Tembisa Police Child Abuse Department.
Women of the bible study group say they are proud to be associated with the Tembisa Police Child Abuse Department.

“We have also renovated the Child Abuse Department at the Tembisa Police Station and give hampers containing basic needs for the abused children,”said Wessels.

Matla a Bana which means power of the children in Sotho is an organisation founded by Monique Strydom. A survivor of trauma herself – she was held hostage by Al Qaeda terrorists for four months in the Philippines in 2000.

According to Strydom she founded Matla a Bana in 2001 after two incidents of rape involving two babies in South Africa.

The organisation’s main goal is to support anti-child abuse.

Matla a Bana Gauteng project manager Lizel van Eeden and Linden Bible Study group chairperson Helene Wessels is grateful for the work done by the Tembisa Police in helping abused children.
Matla a Bana Gauteng project manager Lizel van Eeden and Linden Bible Study group chairperson Helene Wessels is grateful for the work done by the Tembisa Police in helping abused children.

Matla a Bana Gauteng project manager Lizel van Eeden said the organisation decided to join hands with the bible study group as Strydom was once a member and that the group plays an active role in the community.

Wessels said with this event that they have been hosting for 10 years, they have reached their two main goals.

“We wanted to make police members feel honoured, loved and appreciated and break the stigma between black and white. This is exactly what we have done.”said Wessels

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