Organisation hosts Child Protection Week event in Moriting

Guest speaker Lydia Mohalane addressing people who attended to the Child Protection Week event hosted by Life 4 You Foundation on June 2.

As the country was observing Child Protection Week which ran from 27 May to 3 June under the theme: “Let us protect all children to move South Africa forward”, the Life 4 U Foundation hosted a children’s day event to commemorate International Children’s Day and Child Protection Week in Moriting Section on June 2.

Simon Molekwa, the founder of Life 4 You Foundation, said the main purpose of the event was to raise awareness against the abuse of women and children because of a worrying trend in the country where they see children and women being abused and killed by heartless men who don’t have regard and respect for other human beings.

Speakers of the day included Nono Sibiya from the EMM HIV Unit, Maggie Mathye from Gauteng’s social development department, Morning Star Dorothy Phukubye, Ward 100 councillor Phokwane Mabotha, as well as Thapelo Bodibana, Eulenda Moseri, Albertinah Molekwa, Mrs Maureen Molefe and Lydia Mohalane. The event hosted children from Moriting and surrounding areas who participated in dance, poetry, music and drama activities.

“As an event organiser and as a man and father of girl children, it was appropriate for us to organise such an event because I am shaken to the core by the scourge of abuse against women and children in our country. I sincerely don’t know why these men prey on innocent and vulnerable people in our communities,” added Molekwa.

Molekwa further said through this event he is pleading and calling for genuine men in the communities to stand up against this scourge of abuse because the only people who can defeat this scourge is men themselves.

Community members joined by Life 4 You Foundation members on the day of the event. In blue t-shirts are the founders of Life 4 You Foundation Simon and his wife Mpho Molekwa.

“Men are needed to educate each other on how to respect women and children through organised men’s forums. A wise pastor once said that people need to live their lives with urgency and purpose, and desist from unfruitful talks and gatherings because living a life without purpose and vision leads to misery,” emphasised Molekwa.

He said parents must always educate and empower children about their rights and responsibilities and should monitor the change in any child’s behaviour.

“Parents must get worried when a child spends time away from home or school and has money and new clothes not accounted for. The Bill of Rights through Section 28 asserts that every child has the right to family care; to basic nutrition, shelter, basic health care services and social services and to be protected from maltreatment, neglect, abuse or degradation amongst other things. Communities must always be watchful to care for the vulnerable and defenceless children. Abusers must be reported to authorities – even parents who abuse their children.

“I fully agree with many people who always say that Child Protection Week must be observed every day, 365 days a year. South Africa needs genuine men and true leaders who can lead the country forward to protect the rights of every living being,” added Molekwa.

Meanwhile, Ward 100 councillor Phokwane Mabotha said he was thankful for minds such as that of Molekwa, and the people who have passion and love for their community.

“This young man is trying, by all means, to make things possible for the community of Moriting and nearby sections. He needs our support as community leaders and residents to keep supporting him against all odds for him to finally reach to his goals. I encourage people to support non-profit organisations and to volunteer to bring change in the communities,” added Mabotha.

Resident Lydia Mohalane (63) encouraged children and young people to respect and listen to their parents.

“We are happy to have organisations such as the Life 4 You Foundation because our children are rarely found on the street because they are kept busy with numerous activities,” said Mohalane.

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Malebo Tseke
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