Winter games to fight crime

17 July 2018  Read: 179


Scores of youths in Lenyenye township area spending their winter holidays at the local stadium indulging themselves in various sporting activities as part of the Lenyenye Winter games held to keep the youths out of streets. The event, which is the first of its kind in the community, has been described by community leaders as a step in the right direction towards moulding the youths into a brighter future.

According to one of the organisers of the event, Boitumelo Makwela, it was an initiative of several youths in the township after realising that the youths who are not at school and those still attending, during the winter school recess, found themselves with nothing to do as others would have gone either to the initiation schools or the winter schools for matriculants.

Makwela who resides in the township, said they formed themselves into a committee and the ball then began rolling. She said experience had taught them that if the children are left with nothing to do, they may either watch television or get to the streets where they may be tempted to even be involved in criminal activities. So they decided to organise the event so they could entertain them while achieving their goal.

“We accept youths from the ages of 13 to 30. We are covering various sporting codes which we will bonus with a community marathon tomorrow (Friday) starting at the stadium and run through some of the streets in the township. Since we do not have enough funds for the event we rallied some business people in the community, so at the end participants could be given something as prizes for participation,” added Makwela.

Some of the meetings of the committee of the Lenyenye Winter Games were held at the auditorium of the satellite offices of the GTM, which is mostly used for the mini meetings of the community. The activities took place at the stadium. The stadium is known for poor water service and hardly a week passes without operators complaining about water at the facility. This after it was just renovated at a cost of millions.

— Jan Mafetsa



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