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News: SAPS hands over newly built home to a sibling headed household in Delft, Western Cape

Media Statement
South African Police Service

DELFT - The Minister of Police, General Bheki Cele together with the National Commissioner of SAPS, General Fannie Masemola handed over a newly built, fully furnished two-bedroom home to a sibling headed household in Delft, Western Cape on Monday, 26 February 2024.

In a bid to provide a safe and secure environment, the South African Police Service (SAPS) identified the Vokwana family which is headed by 21-year-old Sisanda who has been taking care of her 17-year-old brother since she was 15 years old. These siblings were left orphaned after their mother and older sister passed away a few years ago and now survive of social grants.

According to Crime Statistics, Delft reports high volumes of gang related crime, of which young people are mostly at risk.

Annually, the SAPS goes out of its way to build and donate homes to victims of crime. Last year, the SAPS handed over a house in GaMolepo village in Mankweng, Limpopo to a family whose lives were drastically changed when a mother of four was left paralysed after her partner shot her multiple times at their home; the suspect was arrested and convicted for attempted murder.

This year's housing project materialised again through the collaboration between the SAPS and various sponsors and stakeholders that included Old Mutual, Metropolitan, Assupol, Gift of the Givers, Homechoice, Blue Label Telecoms, Community Policing Forum as well as SAPS Western Cape's Women's Network and Men for Change.

Outlining the purpose of the event today, General Masemola indicated that the donation of homes to identified families’ forms part of the SAPS' National Excellence Awards legacy project, a social responsibility programme spearheaded by the Human Resources Personnel Management Division.

The Minister of Police, General Bheki Cele in his keynote address, applauded the partnership between the SAPS, the various sponsors and stakeholders which resulted in another family benefitting from this annual project; the Vokwana family is the 6th household in SA to receive a home from this legacy project.

"I want to thank each and every one who formed part of this success, because together we can do more. Today, the Vokwana orphans will now have a decent roof over their heads. We hope to do more as the police with our social partners, who continue to ensure we change the lives of victims of crime and those destitute," concluded, General Cele.

This on-going housing project forms part of the organisation’s various other corporate social initiatives aimed at creating a safer and secure environment for all.


Brigadier Athlenda Mathe
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