Bems­sel Col­lege takes a stand against abuse

Inner City Gazette - - Front Page - By Staff Re­porter news@in­ner-city-gazette.co.za

On Wed­nes­day, 26 Oc­to­ber 2018, staff and learn­ers of BEMS­SEL Col­lege em­barked on a cam­paign march through the streets of Jo­han­nes­burg. The cam­paign was en­ti­tled ‘End It Now!’ It was aimed at rais­ing aware­ness on var­i­ous crimes and hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions that are cur­rently on the rise and plagu­ing our na­tion.

These in­clude, sex­ual and emo­tional abuse, gen­der based vi­o­lence hu­man(child) traf­fick­ing, sub­stance abuse, killing of po­lice of­fi­cers, cor­rup­tion, to men­tion but a few.

The march was also in­tended to chal­lenge those in author­ity in their var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties to take ac­tion against these crimes and vi­o­la­tions.

“We would like to thank, the Jo­han­nes­burg Metro Po­lice De­part­ment for pro­vid­ing a very help­ful es­cort dur­ing the march, Dis­count Foods as well for giv­ing the learn­ers a kind dona­tion of dis­tilled wa­ter to drink. Even passers-by and other spec­ta­tors on the streets who briefly joined in at var­i­ous points dur­ing the march, shout­ing their ap­pre­ci­a­tion and en­cour­age­ment to the chil­dren as they pro­ceeded,” said Bems­sel Col­lege Prin­ci­pal Silibaziso Sibanda.

A se­lected group of learn­ers dis­played a march­ing drill to of­fi­cers and com­mu­nity present at Jo­han­nes­burg Cen­tral Po­lice Sta­tion.

Bems­sel Col­lege Head girl, Ta­beth Mi­landa, handed over a Mem­o­ran­dum to the Po­lice De­part­ment. Brigadier Peru­mall re­ceived and signed the Memo on be­half of the Po­lice de­part­ment.

He en­cour­aged the chil­dren to con­tinue to raise aware­ness to the pub­lic through such cam­paigns and in­ter­ac­tion with the Po­lice De­part­ment.

“Over­all, the event was a suc­cess, as there were no sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenges faced and the plight of the chil­dren was heard,” Sibanda con­cluded.

Pic­ture: Em­manuel Banda

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