Preschool chil­dren march against abuse, kid­nap­ping

The New Age (Free State) - - FRONT PAGE - THABO THULO prov­inces@the­newage.co.za

HUN­DREDS of chil­dren from lo­cal preschools marched to the police sta­tion to hand over a mem­o­ran­dum to the sta­tion com­man­der in Senekal yes­ter­day.

The march was ac­com­pa­nied by the church fra­ter­nal, the depart­ment of health, depart­ment of so­cial devel­op­ment, the SAPS and the traf­fic depart­ment.

It was or­gan­ised by a com­mu­nity devel­op­ment worker, Nyakane Monkoe, and the preschool ma­trons.

Mo­torists were pa­tient enough to make way for the lit­tle preschool­ers march­ing on John Stone Street. Some hooted and cheered them on.

When asked why she was march­ing, Mo­jabeng Rama­hane said as chil­dren, they were are sick and tired of the abuse.

“We will not let our fu­ture be ru­ined by crim­i­nals,” she said.

They car­ried plac­ards that read, “enough is enough”, “kid­nap­ping must fall” and “stop rape”.

The march comes as the coun­try marks Child Pro­tec­tion Week which started on Sunday.

The week is to raise aware­ness about the rights of chil­dren as ar­tic­u­lated in the Chil­dren’s Act of 2005.

It aims to mo­bilise all sec­tors of so­ci­ety to care for and pro­tect chil­dren.

“It is im­por­tant for chil­dren to know their rights at an early age, so when they are older, they know their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties,” ma­tron Ju­lia Se­futhi said.

PIC­TURE: THABO THULO

TAK­ING A STAND: School kids are seen march­ing for their rights with plac­ards read­ing ‘enough is enough’, ‘kid­nap­ping must fall’ and ‘stop rape’.

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