De Deur Sector 3 CPF hosts ‘Women in Sports Against Crime’ tournament

In a bid to raise awareness about gender-based violence and foster community unity, the De Deur SAPS and Sector 3 Community Policing Forum (CPF), in collaboration with Lawrence Sibusiso Matewela, Ward 6’s committee member of sports, art, and culture, successfully hosted a dynamic sports tournament.

The event, dubbed ‘Women in Sports Against Crime,’ took place over the weekend of 26 and 27 August at Sakhisizwe Secondary School encompassing the neighborhoods of Weilers Farm, Thulamntwana, and Mountain City.

The tournament, featuring soccer and netball competitions for both U15 and masters teams, not only showcased sporting talent but also sent a powerful message against gender-based violence. The games acted as a catalyst for solidarity among the three communities, promoting unity and empowerment as players and spectators came together for a common cause.

Excitement and sportsmanship were palpable throughout the event, with Weilers Farm’s U15 teams emerging as champions in both soccer and netball categories. Their masters’ netball team also clinched victory. Thulamntwana showcased their prowess by triumphing in the masters’ soccer division.

The impact of this event goes beyond the field, as it reinforces the commitment of the community to combat gender-based violence and create safe spaces for all. The event’s resounding success demonstrates that sports have the power to bring people together and address critical social issues.

To recognize the participants’ dedication and celebrate the winners’ achievements, an award ceremony is scheduled for 2 September at Sakhisizwe Secondary School. This ceremony will not only honor sporting excellence but also reinforce the importance of collective efforts in making the community safer and more resilient.

As South Africa continues to address issues of violence and inequality, initiatives like the ‘Women in Sports Against Crime’ tournament underscore the value of community-driven solutions and collaboration between local organisations and leaders.

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