Pupils learn about Saps careers

Cellular network giant Cell C, in partnership with the Komani police hosted the Take a Girl Child to Work campaign for high school pupils to inform them about various careers that are on offer at Saps.

The pupils were shown the various units the police department had and what each section was responsible for, including forensic services, public order policing, dog handling, the bomb squad and others.

Demonstrations of what the units did were done to give the pupils a better understanding of the day-to-day duties of staff in each unit.

Police spokeswoman captain Namhla Mdleleni said Cell C initiated the programme for the pupils in order for them to know what career paths are out there and so that they could to try to make a decision of what they would like to study after finishing high school.

“The police invited pupils from schools in Komani, Glen Grey, McBright, Cacadu and Molteno to come and see the various components of policing and what each section was responsible for. All schools were invited but most could not attend due to the programme being around exam time and pupils were preparing.”

Mhlontlo High School pupil Amahle Tima said she learned a lot about the various types of police and did not realise there were other units in policing.

“I initially thought I wanted to become a lawyer but after learning about what the forensic services did I changed my mind. I learned that forensics also help fight crime by checking for fingerprints of an alleged criminal which helps in catching them.”

Vuselela High School pupil Simamnkele Khethani said he enjoyed the programme and was mostly interested in the dog unit where dogs were trained like humans and could take instructions that could lead to an arrest.

He said had not yet made up his mind about what he want to study after matric because there was so much to choose from.

Chris Hani District Municipality (CHDM) communications officer Lonwabo Kowa spoke to the pupils about what the municipality did, and the types of careers the pupils should follow in order to take up various job opportunities that may arise in future.

The pupils received certificates of participation.

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