…Please help – Municipal Council of Mbabane

…Please help – Municipal Council of Mbabane

Public Relations officer of the Municipal Council of Mbabane Bongani Dlamini said they were greatly concerned about the street children around town.

He said the last time they were assisted by the Swaziland Crime Prevention and Rehabilitation of Offenders (SACRO). He said council might not know the real reason why the children decided to live their families, but they should be reunited with their families.

…But parents disown the street kids – SACRO

THE Swaziland Crime Prevention and Rehabilitation of offenders (SACRO) says the public should stop spoiling street children by offering them money or gifts.

Sihle Hadebe says as an organisation they are concerned about the number of street kids around the city. He says they have tried to locate the families of the children but the parents do not want anything to do with them.

“As a company working very closely with street children in trying to find ways of how we can unite them with their parents, last year we noticed that the number of street kids around the city was rising. We tried to talk to them but they disappeared back in the streets until the festive seasons,” he says.

He says most of the children who are around the city were once accommodated at the centre. He adds that one of the reasons which might have led them to leave could be that after getting their last meal they were expected to go back to their homes. He states that when these children came to the centre, they were given food, clothes and toiletry and that made them feel at home for some time because they claimed to have been abused by their parents or guardians.

“It was difficult for us because some will tell you that they are from Lavumisa, Hluti and Mpaka. There is this other parent from Mvutjini who told us that there was no way she could take her son back because he was causing too much trouble. She said she tried to talk to him but he never changed,” he says.

He adds that these children then ran away from the centre and never came back because no one gave them money and that they do not want to work.

He says parents should stop abusing their children because this is the most contributory factor to such cases. He says it is true that some of them just want to do their own will. He further suggests that if the public can stop giving them money they will just disappear from the streets.

…We cannot intervene in street children’s issues -SWAGaA

THE Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse (SWAGAA) has said they would not get involved in issues concerning street children.

This was said by one Nkhululeko Simelane during an interview yesterday. When asked what action they took on issues that have to do with street kids, she said they only acted once someone had reported something.

“We cannot just take any story from anyone then deal with it. If anyone has a problem it’s his or her duty to report it,” she said.


Street kids flood capital

Street kids flood capital
Stories by Howard Mavuso

Seemingly the number of street children around the Mbabane City is increasing day after day.

Most of these children are aged between 11-14 years. They blame their abusive parents for abandoning their homes for the streets. This newspaper yesterday decided to talk to some of the street children about why they were roaming the streets instead of having permanent homes.

Jeremiah Nhlabatsi (12) Lavumisa

Just before my father passed way, my mother left us and I had to stay with my grandmother. After a few months, I was approached by a certain woman who promised me a job. I stayed with her for a year at Siphocosini and she made me cook for her and look after her cattle. She never paid me and I decided to run away. I am now staying around Mgababa in Mbabane with my friends. I have never been to school in my life.

Gcina Nkhomonde (13) Phila Nkhomonde (12) Mpaka

We came to stay with our mother at Nkwalini but since she was going out with this man (step father) who would always come back home drunk, beat us up and tell us to go back to where we came from, we decided to run away.

We ran away because even our mother did not care about what was happening to us.

Mbongiseni Dlamini (13) Pine Valley

Both my parents passed away and I was left with my sister who then started to abuse me. She used me as a servant. I would go to town, get a bit of some money and she would take it. I went to stay with my grandmother but it was the same because two days would pass without me getting anything to eat.

I am surviving because I get money to buy food and have shelter where I can sleep.

Sandile Khumalo (12) Mvutjini

My mother works at Mountain Inn hotel and she said I should never come back home. They accused me of theft, which I never committed. I wish I could go back to school.

Cricket lessons for street kids

Cricket lessons for street kids

CRICKET – THE President of the Swaziland Cricket Association (SCA), Ronnie Egambaram says the executive committee has taken a stand to teach children living in the streets about the sport.

Interviewed on Saturday after their Annual Progress Meeting (APM) held at Enjabulweni Primary School Hall, Egambaram said such an initiative would soon be implemented by all those who played a pivotal role in cricket development in the country.

The president said they wanted to ensure that the number of street kids was minimised in the country’s cities and towns by engaging them in the sport. “They will be kept busy. We want to create a conducive environment and better understanding of life for them. We discussed this matter with all the executive members during our meeting. We have to make sure that such an initiative takes place soon. We love our children. They should not be exposed to crime and the HIV and AIDS scourge when there is an alternative route that can prevent such from happening to their young lives,” he said.

He added that they had engaged companies to be part of cricket development because they wanted to strengthen and foster a good relationship with them.

It is our vision to include the corporate business to the sport. Cricket is a big sport but some of the developing countries have been struggling to introduce it. We want to develop and improve cricket in the country and be recognised in the continent as South Africa, the president said. The president further stated that they had finished the first phase of introducing the sport to all spheres of life and were only left with the implementation process stage.

From now on, we will be tackling the second phase of our operational plan. We have to make sure that all the structures in the association work. We should make sure that facilities and equipment are improved and sufficient.

We hope all the deliberations we engaged in with the members will bear fruits at the end of the year, he said.