Nyanga police, the community police forum and Gift of the Givers held a christmas party for seniors citizens of the area last Thursday morning.
Some appreciation gifts, including food hampers, were donated by the Gift of the Givers and the police.
The seniors were also treated to music, and lunch while others were also given something to eat.
The early Christmas party was held at the Ruth First community hall in Philippi. Acting Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Sindile Mfazi was at the event.
Nyanga station commander Brigadier Vuyisile Ncata said they wanted to serve the elderly and show them that they are still appreciated.
He added that police wanted to assure the elders that they aim to protect them.
“This is to show our appreciation to them. We are here to show our love to them. But not only that, we are saying to them, police will continue their job to protect them. We might not have done what they expect out of us, but we are trying our level best.
“We also want to urge them to report crime, report women and children abuse. We are reminding them about the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign. We are saying to them they know who the criminals are in their areas. But today we are here to enjoy ourselves with them. We wish them a crime-free festive season,” he said.
He also pleaded with the seniors to form senior clubs. He said it was easy to find them when they were united. He pledged to fight crime no matter what.
“Part of what they need to do is use their money for themselves. Seniors have a tendency of letting their children and grandchildren use their money and yet it is theirs not their children or grandchildren. That should come to a stop. They need to enjoy their money,” said Brigadier Ncata.
Nyanga CPF chairperson Buyisile Makasi added that they also wanted to confirm that their relationship between them, seniors and police was intact.
“We have an amazing relationship. We can see now that things are slightly changing. Let us all assist the police to fight the scourge of crime and stay in peace. We need to say enough is enough. These seniors are the most important people in our lives. They brought us up and they deserve respect and love,” he said.
The full house would now and then burst into songs and ululations.