BUILDING trust and partnerships from an early age are what the SAPS are hoping will stem the scourge of drugs in the community of Eersterust.
In order to achieve this the SAPS and the Department of Education launched a drug and abuse awareness campaign in one Tshwane’s most drug ridden communities this morning.
Scores of learners from four primary schools in the area, accompanied by the police, walked through the community to the Eersterust soccer stadium.
Learners from Nantes Primary, PS Fourie primary, Fred Margadie primary and Norridge primary school, were treated to police Nyala’s shooting coloured dust, motorcade demonstrations and a helicopter landing inside the stadium.
Stakeholders from the Department, Anti-drug groups and former drug users told learners of the effects and dangers of using drugs.
They also appealed to the learners to report any form of abuse and bullying that was taking place in their schools.
Mmapula Thosago, Assistant Director for Schools Safety within the Tshwane South District, said the department wanted to create an awareness amongst the learners in terms of substance use, bullying, child abuse and sexual harassment.
Thosago said Eersterust had been earmarked as there had been a number of incidents that had occured in the schools already.
But also due to the rampant use of illegal substances in the community which often ended up making their way into the schools.