Members give up time to help the poor and paint a school
MADIBA magic reigned on July 18 when SAPS members across the province, in partnership with various organisations, gave up their time and rendered services and assistance to those in need.
Deputy Minister of Police Bongani Mkongi, Eastern Cape MEC for Trasnport, Safety and Liaison Weziwe Tikana and the Eastern Cape provincial police commissioner, Lieutenant-General Liziwe Ntshinga, joined an eventful Nelson Mandela Day that started very early in King Williams Town with an anti-crime operation.
The deputy minister planted a yellow-wood tree at Fort Beaufort SAPS as a sign of hope and renewal. The station had been closed for some time for renovations.
Mkongi signed the Occurrence Book at the station before proceeding to visit the Swartbooi family to hand over groceries and clothing items donated by SAPS members attached to the provincial head office, Mdantsane, King William’s Town, Port Alfred and Grahamstown clusters.
The family was selected with the help of a social worker because of their destitute condition. MEC Tikana donated cash to replace a broken window of the Swartbooi home while the deputy minister promised fencing for the home to strengthen the family’s privacy and security.
“Police have decided to come here today to offer our help and show care to those in need. While we fight crime, we acknowledge that the biggest crime against humanity is poverty. We came here with this gift and we hope that you will enjoy it and remember Nelson Mandela Day 2017,”Mkongi said.
The 67 Minutes concluded at Amandla Pre-School where painting and minor repairs were done by members and employees of the SAPS. The three leaders and other senior managers joined in painting the school and shared words of encouragement with the teachers, caregivers and tots.