The Metro police in Region E in partnership with the Department of Sport and Recreation, Pick n Pay (Pan Africa Mall) and Spar (Lyndhurst) hosted the first Annual Sport against Crime event at Altrec Sports Complex on 21 June.
More than one 100 young people from Alexandra participated in the day which included various activities such as Morabaraba indigenous games, chess, soccer, tennis, skipping and ball throwing.
Itumeleng Buza of Region E Metro police said, “We want to take the young ones of Alexandra off the streets and give them something that will keep them busy during the school holidays. We know that it is at times like these that most of the youth find themselves doing wrong things such as getting involved in crime and using drugs because they have nothing to do.”
Participant Tonic Mavundla (14) from River Park said he was grateful that the sports event was organised for them.
“In most cases, we find ourselves having nothing to do during school holidays,” he added.
“I am very grateful that the Metro police took the time to teach us about safety and their role in the community.”
Buza said they would host this event every year and called upon community-based organisations and parents to encourage youth to be part of the next event.