The Sebokeng SAPS Youth Crime Prevention Desk held a successful Young Womens Imbizo at the Modishi Primary School in Zone 13 on Saturday. Held to offer young women from different backgrounds an opportunity to share ideas and life experiences, the event brought together the structures sub-forums for the purpose of celebrating Womens Month.
Following a brief introduction and welcoming of guests by the Youth Desks Palesa Boye, the secretary, Lucy Monana delivered the days keynote address. There are several challenges currently facing the youth and these include teenage pregnancy, alcohol and drug abuse and unemployment. We have to come together in events like this one, talk about these problems and try and come up with solutions which will be recommended to other young people in similar situations, says Monana.
After some entertainment in the form of poetry and dance by invited guests, it was Captain Millicent Mgcinas turn to address the crowd. The Sebokeng SAPS Sector 4 Manager did not mince her words and told young people in attendance about their peers involvement in all-night boozing, early unnecessary and unprotected sex and the purchase and consumption of the popular drug nyaope. We have to help each other face these social ills and that is why I am here to help you, says Mgcina.
Youth Desk Chairperson, Patrick Kheswa stepped in and separated all the guests on the attendance register into three commissions substance abuse, HIV and Aids and teenage pregnancy. The three groups were tasked with identifying the causes of these social ills and identifying and recommending solutions which will be compiled into a booklet and distributed to other youths in Sebokeng and surrounding areas. The members of the hosting Zone 13 sub-forum looked stunning and stole the show in their traditional attire, much to the pleasure of the Youth Desk executive committee members and the guests.