The 5 day-long career exhibition came to an end last week Friday at the Dwarsloop sports ground. About 3000 grade 10&11 leaners from all the high schools in Bushbuckridge were exposed to a variety of career choices within the SAPS, hosted by the Acornhoek cluster, in partnership with the Department of Education and correctional services.
During the first day’s exhibition, the learners were sensitised about the dangers of crime and also advised to pursue the different fields within the SAPS.
Mphiwe Motlokwa, a former prisoner, was also invited to speak to the learners about the dangers of crime and life in prison. He said; “I grew up in a crime-free town of Mokopane. I started selling drugs for high-ranked politicians while I was doing grade 10.”
Motlokwa also said he was a top student at the time, but then crime took the spotlight away from his bright future as he ended up serving a lengthy sentence for murder. He also advised the learners to focus on their studies.
According to captain Mpho Nonyane of the Acornhoek cluster, the event was a success; “SAPS saw it necessary to host this exhibition here in Bushbuckridge because many learners aren’t aware of the various career paths within the SAPS, such as social work, K9 unit, chaplains, human resource, forensics and many other units.
She added; “although it’s the first time we have such an event, we’ll go the extra mile to ensure that more careers are exhibited in the next event, but overall the event was a successful one.”