Our kids will now go to school with shoes on their feet like others
Two pupils of the Thembekile Primary School in Thabong, Welkom, in the Free State, on Tuesday received school uniforms from the local police station.
Andile Maki and Siphosihle Mgweshe, both 7 and in grade 1, were identified by their teachers as eligible for the surprise gifts.
"Now our kids will at least go to school in warm uniforms and shoes on their feet like other kids," said Sindiswa Mgweshe, Siphosihle's mother.
The station's Assistant Commissioner Lerato Molale presented the pupils with the uniforms.
"The management of the Thabong police station is prepared to help the community in any way possible," Molale said.
"As police we, in addition to our mandate of combating crime, also focus on helping our community, particularly youngsters, to help them develop into responsible adults.
"This will encourage them to concentrate on their educational development and keep them from criminal activities."
The school uniforms were bought by Thabong SAPS with funds donated by Delton Feeds and LCD Security, both from Virginia.
She invited other businesses in the area to emulate the sponsors of the occasion and to help provide needy children not only with school uniforms but with other types of clothes as well.
Thembekile Primary School deputy principal Thokozile Senoamadi thanked the police for the gesture.
"I wish this gesture could be extended to other needy pupils in the schools in our community," she said.
The children's parents also thanked the police for the uniforms, which they said had come at the right time just before winter.