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2021/09/02      |  Written By:  Captain S Maluleka   |   Province:  Gauteng

The Rietgat SAPS together with the Community Policing Forum and the Old Mutual women closed off the Women's month with a bang at Batho Shopping Plaza where they interacted with female cashiers, security guards, managers and cleaners alike.

The visit targeted the Batho Plaza women mainly because of spates of business robberies plaguing the shopping centre, and in more ways than one these women finds themselves in harm's way during the commission of heinous crimes.

As part of commemorating this year’s Women's month under a theme: "Generation Equality: Realizing Women's Rights for an Equal Future" The female police who were led by Captain Xolisiwe Mashilo, expressed their sentiments to their fellow Mbokodos and sisters who ekes out a living at Batho Plaza by giving them some gifts.

"With these gifts, we want to show you how compassionate and empathetic we are as the station. We know and feel the pain you are going through when gun toting robbers brandishes guns in front of you, and it's not easy as women to cope through such experiences, but we are with you all the way, and we want you to always remember that your pain is our pain," said Capt Mashilo.

Captain Mashilo went further to tell the women at Pep Store, which is the store that experienced a business robbery just four days before the visit." We were disturbed by the recent robbery that took place a few days ago, but we promise as the police that we will deploy more manpower and ensure more visibility at this shopping centre so that you feel free at all times, and we want to assure you that the investigation will soon close the net on the suspects," she said.

Pep Store Assistant Manager Ms Mabore Mhlanga expressed her gratitude for the compassion and care showed by the women in blue." On behalf of the entire Pep Store and the women working at this plaza, i would like to thank you (police) for your selflessness and the love you have shown us, thank you so much,” Ms Mhlanga said.

Ms Tshepiso Moeketsi who was also on the receiving end for Ackerman's women appreciated the gesture from the Rietgat SAPS. "We are so grateful and delighted to receive something from the police, it's so unusual to receive stuff like this from the cops, thank you very much," said Ms Moeketsi.

The women went further to issue out affidavits and certify documents for the shoppers while dishing out flyers on gender based violence such as rape, sexual assaults and substance abuse. Sergeant Keitumetse Ramafoko together with Sergeant Mmadikgomo Shabangu, Sergeant Khensani Ndaba and Sergeant Ivy Gwebecimele encouraged women to use the 0860010111 number to contact the police when they experience any form of abuse in the hands of their spouses, boyfriends, uncles, fathers as well as siblings.

The Station Commander Colonel Stephina Nkosi who was absent at the event due to other work related commitments sent a message and said: "On behalf of the entire Rietgat SAPS, we would like to tell the women at Batho Plaza and all the women in our policing precinct that we love them, appreciate them and care for them, and they must not trade their womanhood for anything because women are very important in the society.” She remarked. 

Officers at Batho Plaza closing off women’s month.
Sergeant Keitumetse Ramafoko handing a lunchbox to a cashier at Shoprite.
Police Officers assisting the community with affidavits and certifying documents.