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Dec 12 2012 11:44AM
 
Police, community give food parcels to the needy
GOOD DEED: Constable Selleng Masheqa, left, Brig Daniel Mokone, Lt-Col AJ Engelbreght, Capt Riaan Tait and people identified as deserving of the food parcels during the 16 days of activism.
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Neo Mvubu

The Wesselsbron police donated food parcels to 34 victims of domestic violence and rape at the Alfred Nzo Community Hall in Monyakeng township yesterday.

Capt Stephen Thakeng said the function was held as part of the 16 days of activism campaign.

Among those who donated were Wesselsbron police members under the leadership of the station commander, Lt-Col AJ Engelbrecht, business people, the community policing forum, Sisonke youth development, the Monyakeng Aids Support Group, Ministers fraternal, home-based care, the Nala municipality youth development office, inter-denomination youth and community development workers.

Thakeng said in order to deal with violent crime, various stakeholders needed to be involved to curb the scourge of violence against women and children.

“We also geared our efforts towards the fight against poverty and identified people who were in need in order to afford them with the opportunity for food security this festive season.”

“Police members, other community organisations as well as business people donated money for the people.

“We decided to focus our attention on people living in informal settlements such as Ithobelle township where the needs are great,” Thakeng said.

Moleboheng Moabi, 56, was one of the recipients of the food parcels. She is a single parent of three children.

She said the food would help give her children a special treat over Christmas.

Like many people at informal settlements, Moabi relies on a state grant to make ends meet.

“Unfortunately the amount is not enough. The food parcels will be able to at least go through December, and also make Christmas special.

“I would like to thank all those people who contributed, there are no words to express how I feel,” she said.

neom@thenewage.co.za

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