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MEC urges children to report any form of abuse

By Maanda Mulaudzi

The government is working hard to arrest those who abuse children. They are being locked up in prison, MEC for Provincial Treasury Rob Tooley told hundreds of the children who attended National Children’s Day which was  held at Mehlareng Community Hall,  Lepelle-Nkumpi Municipality on 07 November 2015. He was speaking on behalf of Premier Chupu Mathabatha.

 

He  told children that their government believed that every child has a right to be protected from maltreatment, neglect or abuse.

During the event it was announced that Office of the Premier would support five( 5) pre-schools/crèches   falling under Leppelle-Nkumpi Local Municipality with R10-000 each, they are Lepotlako (Mehlareng Village), Letsholo and Ngwanalella (Khureng Village), Madisa (Byldrift Village) and Bana ba Lesedi (Seruleng Village).

Selaelo Mahlo Phoebe, the Child Ambassador of Limpopo Province, spoke as Junior Premier of the Province. She  highlighted   what they were going to address as junior Parliament in relation to Children’s issues for the coming two years. She made request to all structures, organisations, Departments and Parastatals to give them undivided, unconditional as well as unwavering support, guidance in order for them to jointly address, deal and make the entire Limpopo Provincial citizens aware about challenges faced by children.

Other children who made their presentations, included Ndzumbu Nelukalo who presented on the causes of Teenage Pregnancy and safety in schools, Lethabo Makgakwe presented on Diversity Management and Career Guidance while Modikwa Ranoto had spoken on Strategies  to combat alcohol and substance abuse.

After all the presentations were made,  MEC Rob Tooley said that he was highly impressed by the way children have engaged with important issues that affect their lives. He said that after listening to them(children), he could say without fear of contradiction that the future of them was indeed in safe hands. He remarked that they had carried the promise that the future of our country would be brighter than it was today.