Dintjie SAPS and Remmogo VEP (Victim Empowerment Programme) organised a youth summit for all young men from local schools. The event was held at Blyde Forever Resort conference hall on 23 May.
The Communications Officer, Sergeant Kenneth Malele, said that the function was an eye-opener to the young men, who were allowed to identify the perils of using violence as a form of self-expression.
In attendance were Department of Education, Social Development, Traditional Authorities, and church leaders, Dintjie acting Station Commander Warrant Officer, RJ Mamabolo, Community Policing Forum (CPF) and the local Youth Desk.
The provincial office was represented by the Champion of Women’s network, Brigadier M Magagule and the Champion of men for a change, Mr E Ndzekula.
In her address, Brigadier Magagule warned the young men about substance abuse, bullying and the consequences of crime.
“You have to choose the right path in life by prioritising your school work and having a vision. Only educated young people will effect change and development in society.” Said Brigadier Magagule.
Additional speeches came from guests such as Mrs Mpumalanga Charity 2019, Kgaugelo Ntini, who told the young men that the nation will only move if there are responsible men. She said young men must always remember that it’s their responsibility to protect females and their teachers, not to attack them.
Other guests included Pastor Cool Masozi, who entertained the guests with moving gospel songs.