‘Ditch gangs, uphold morals’
Pupils furnished will skills on how to deal with peer pressure amid challenge of gangsterism in Matwabeng
WITH gang violence becoming a challenge that both the police and civic organisations are trying to combat, about 700 pupils from high schools in Matwabeng were recently given skills on how to deal with peer pressure.
Under the theme, Moving from Victim to Victory, pupils were discouraged from gangsterism and inspired to uphold good morals.
The event took place on Wednesday at the EE Monese Hall where various speakers addressed the pupils.
The aim of the event was to teach pupils about self-worth from an early age, to discourage them from joining gangs and warn them against the use of alcohol and drugs.
“We try to discourage you pupils from participating in gangs and to focus on your books. This event was held just because we love you.
“Believe me, to say that you are the next speaker. You should stay away from drugs and alcohol as it could ruin your future,” one of the speakers said.
“Alcohol abuse gives rise to numerous negative social impacts such as absenteeism at school, academic failure and engaging in sexual activities that could result in the unwanted pregnancies and sexualy transmitted diseases.”
A feud between different gang groups in the area last week led to the meeting being organised.
The gangs call themselves Ibola, ARV, Soweto’s and Born to Kill.
When addressing pupils, ex-prisoner Tshediso Seithati said pupils must look after one another and if they see their fellow pupils being abused, physically or sexually, they must not just pass by but try to assist the ones who need help.
Pupils were also given an opportunity to express their talents, like pantsula jive and singing traditional songs.
“Pupils should stay away from gangsterism as it will put their lives in danger.
Don’t join such groups anymore, getting out will not be easy, rather stay away from those gangs because you will be arrested as they commit a lot of crimes,” Sgt Johnson Lisenyane said.
BE AWARE: 700 pupils from high schools heard various speakers outline on how best to deal with peer pressure as police and civil organisations campaign to halt gang violence.