Sports against crime tournament in Marite over weekend a big success

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Sport against crime in Marite. (Photo: Tumelo waga Dibakwane.)

Marite Sundowns, Moduping ladies win the tournament

Tumelo Waga Dibakwane

MAMELODI Sundowns player Tiyani Mabunda was one of the high profile people who attended the sports against crime tournament  held in Mathibela Stadium, Marite, Bushbuckridge, over the past weekend. The aim of the tournament to highlight the fight against crime  which is rife in the area.

The event  was hosted by the Bushbuckrigde local municipality, Calcutta police station and the Barberton Correctional Services and saw various high profile guests such as the Barberton Correctional Services area commissioner Sipho Nkosi, Bushbuckridge Mayor Sylvia Ndovu and Contralesa’s President  Lameck Mokoena.

“My dream is to see young people especially in the rural areas achieving their dreams and stay away from crime activities and substances abuse. By playing sports young people can manage to stay away from committing crime that is why I donated sports kit for boys and girls,” said Mabunda.

During the event  inmates from a provincial prison talked to young people about the danger of getting involved in crime activities. Just before the games started, the speakers were given an opportunity to warn young people about the danger of crime. Calcutta police communication officer Captain Phillip Fakude has also welcomed the hosting of the tournament.

“It was necessary to organise such a tournament as Marite is one of the crime infested areas in the province. Most of the crimes in the area are being committed by young people. The only way to communicate with young people is to use sport as a communication tool,” said Fakude.

Barberton Correctional Services Commissioner Sipho Nkosi has also warned young people on the danger of going to jail.  “Those small crimes that they think it is nothing are the ones that makes them to commit bigger crime that will send them to jail in a letter stage.

The winner of the tournament was Marite Sundowns after beating Mkhuhlu United 2-1, while in ladies Netball, Moduping ladies we crowned the champions after beating Mockeys Star 29-16.