MEC Plato urges communities to work together to protect children

Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says child safety in the Western Cape communities should be a joint effort.

He has appealed to families and local organisations to make the safety of youth and children a priority.

Plato has encouraged parents in high-risk communities to send their children to holiday programmes to keep them safe and off the streets.

The Department of Community Safety is facilitating school holiday programmes that provide safe recreational, educational and developmental alternatives to the youth.

Plato explains that local government has partnered with NGOs and religious organisations to offer the programmes.

We're in partnership with the religious fora across the Western Cape to keep our youngsters busy during the holidays.

Dan Plato, MEC for Community Safety at Western Cape

The aim is to keep young people off the streets, within a safe and secure environment.

Dan Plato, MEC for Community Safety at Western Cape

However, Plato says the alone initiative is not enough amid the spate of child murders in the province.

He says parents, families and NGOs should also take responsibility and show initiative in supporting government.

Plato says the budget for school holiday programmes could be larger and adds that there are also afterschool programmes at MOD Centres across the province.

Meanwhile, Manenberg Safety Forum chairperson Roegshanda Pascoe says other provincial departments, such as Social Development, also need to assist with more effective interventions.

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