The Ga-Rankuwa SAPS in partnership with the YMCA held a Junior Commander contest organised by the Community Policing Forum to address social ills in the community.
- Junior commander contest held in Ga-Rankuwa.
- The event was hosted specifically for high school pupils to educate them.
- Schools that took part in the tournament.
- Topics of the day ranged from bullying and drugs.
The contest was held at the YMCA auditorium. The event was hosted specifically for high school pupils to educate them about how bullying and Gender-Based Violence can impact their lives.
The tournament was organised by the Community Policing Forum along with Ga-Rankuwa SAPS, with DSD providing adjudication.
According to Phuthegi Mashigo, the general secretary of Ga-Rankuwa YMCA, the tournament aimed to empower the youth of Ga-Rankuwa about leadership, skills, and services as well as addressing issues affecting pupils in the schools, including bullying in high schools.
“We are trying to come up with a solution for bullying in high schools, to minimize it. We have realized that pupils who are bullied have low self-esteem and in the end, it leads them to commit suicide,” said Mashigo.
The tournament was hosted by schools around Ga-Rankuwa, however, it was a competition among individual pupils, not the whole school. The schools that took part in the tournament are Modiri Secondary, Mapenane Secondary, Rantailane Secondary, Seageng Secondary, Tebogwana Secondary, Kgatho-Entle Secondary and N.M Tsuene Secondary.
According to Shimmy Tsheole SAPS Ga-Rankuwa communication officer, the tournament is part of a broader national initiative project which will eventually see the appointment of the SAPS Junior National Commissioner. The learners were allowed to debate with their peers.
Tsheole further said that the topics of the day ranged from bullying and drugs as some learners face challenges in their learning environment. He also discussed how that impacts society as a whole which may result in lawlessness with the view to providing solutions.
The debate resulted in the top 4 of the tournament. Oratile Chanza from Seageng Secondary School was appointed as Junior station commander, Mmoke Phetogo from Modiri Secondary School was designated as Junior Vispol commander, Letlhogonolo Mogotlane from Tebogwana Secondary School was named as Junior Branch commander and lastly, Bokamoso Madire from Modiri Secondary School was appointed as Junior support head.