They had come to the school in order to do safety awareness when they found one learner without shoes on.
Three learners in the Tonga area of Mpumalanga today are thanking the cops for putting a smile on their faces.
A group of cops had come to address learners about safety awareness at the Mphoti primary school but were saddened to see a younger one in front of them with no shoes on.
Unit police commander Sergeant Phuthuma Madonsela saw the situation of the child and went to alert Tonga station commander Brigadier Velisiwe Mdaka about it.
“Ways and means to raise funds were immediately put in place,” spokesman†Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said on Friday.
“Thirteen-year-old Welcome Msane received two pairs of school shoes from the police station as a result,” Hlathi said.
The safety awareness campaign had taken place a week ago.
“During the handing over of the shoes to Welcome, two other learners with no shoes were also identified. Bongumusa Ntiwane who is also 13-year-old is residing with his grandmother and another, Bongumusa Ngobeni, who is residing with his mother who is employed as a farm worker were taken to the Tonga Mall and the police bought two pairs of school shoes and both received a pair each,” he said.
Hlathi said Welcome lives with an unemployed single mother.
He said this occurred in front of principal Thokozile Mubi who could not hold her tears.
She together with the School Governing Body thanked the cops and wished they continue to help other needy kids.
“The principal said she will, hence-forth have a different picture when it comes to the police. All these years she knew that police only entertained crime related issues and never once did she ever think that they can and also do take good care of the needy,” Hlathi said.
(edited by ZK)
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