Women & children take centre stage at Bethal SAPS

The Bulletin Newspaper
Constable Thomas Mogadime plays with children from Sibonokuhle Pre-school on 9 March in Bethal.

The Bethal Police station had a unique week that brought together the celebration of women and the education of children.
Learners from Sibonokuhle Pre-school, visited Bethal Police Station on 9 March 2018 as part of their educational and career tour. On arrival, they were warmly welcomed by the Social Crime and Communication officer, Constable Thomas Mogadime.
They were given a tour of the police station, including seeing police vehicles as well as the cells where suspects are kept after being arrested. Child-like wonder filled their eyes as they witnessed the ordinary, daily operations of the police station.
Having what he now considers a natural passion for interacting with children, Constable Mogadime also occupied the children with singing and dancing. “The passion of working with kids started while I was still at school and after school hours. Neighbours’ kids would come to me and ask me to assist them with their school work as well as reading and public speaking,” he said.
When it comes to the safety of children, Const. Mogadime does not compromise. With his biggest goal as a law-enforcer being to ensure that children feel safe, he encourages children to report any form of crime or abuse to the police. “It is important that children interact with members of the SAPS as well as other role players in the law enforcement and emergency services sectors, simply so that they know where they can go in case of emergency,” he added.
A message of protection and safety had also been aimed to a different audience on the day preceding this visit. Bethal SAPS Men for Change and Women’s Network celebrated International Women’s Day on Thursday 8 March with officials from the Department of Correctional Services, GMM Traffic, Mpumalanga Traffic, Local Drug Action Committee, Department of Health, Department of Education, Fire and Rescue Department and SAPS members from other stations.
International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. As such, it was celebrated in the form of a round table discussion, where issues of gender-based violence, health and wellness, as well as spirituality were tackled. – Rorisang Rathebe


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