THE Uit­sig Gen­er­a­tion Cadets

Cape Argus - - FRONT PAGE - SISONKE MLAMLA sisonke.mlamla@inl.co.za

marched through the streets of Uit­sig, show­ing off their ded­i­ca­tion to the pro­gramme and to the com­mu­nity.

GEN­ER­A­TION cadet forces are to be in­tro­duced in gang-rid­den com­mu­ni­ties across the Cape Flats, Colonel An­drew Persens and his wife Colonel Char­lene Persens said at the Uit­sig po­lice base camp as the first crop of cadets pa­raded in the com­mu­nity.

An­drew be­lieves the cadet force com­bined with schools and com­mu­ni­ties could bring a ma­jor im­prove­ment in com­mu­ni­ties af­fected by gang vi­o­lence.

“This project pro­motes and sup­ports the role of young peo­ple in peace-build­ing and dis­ci­plinary ac­tiv­i­ties that con­trib­ute to liv­ing to­gether in dig­nity and dia­logue,” An­drew said.

More than 14 pupils in Uit­sig were awarded and cer­ti­fied for be­ing part of the gen­er­a­tion cadets, An­drew said.

He and his wife started the cadet ini­tia­tive in 2014.

“We want the fu­ture of our chil­dren in Uit­sig to be bet­ter and not to think and be stressed about join­ing gangs,” An­drew said.

AR­MAND HOUGH African News Agency (ANA)

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