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2021/03/29      |  Written By:  Brigadier S Mokgwabone   |   Province:  North West

In collaboration with provincial Departments of Education, Health as well as Community Police Forum (CPF), Restoring Youth Dignity, SAVF Children’s' home and Itseeleng Youth Club, police in Hartbeesfontein held an awareness activity on Wednesday, 24 March 2021. The activity was held at Gaenthone Secondary School to address learners about substance abuse and teenage pregnancy.

Outlining the purpose of the day, Mrs Fikiswa Matebele who is the Coordinator for life skills and HIV/Aids programme from the department of Education said that the campaign was aimed at providing psychosocial support to learners which will restore pride and hope in order to stop unintended teenage pregnancy.

On addressing the learners about substance abuse, the Community Policing Officer (CPO); Constable Kgantsile Mosweu, said that the scourge leads to people committing crimes against women and children. Regarding teenage pregnancy, the Constable indicated that some of the teenage pregnancies in Tigane, come as a result of statutory rape by older men who also take advantage of the young girls because of the humble backgrounds they come from.

In conclusion, he informed the learners about services rendered by the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit.