Former police top cop General Riah Phiyega has taken matters into her own hands by instilling the spirit of being anti-crime amongst the youth of Makgofe outside Seshego. Phiyega was the National Police Commissioner between 2012 and 2016.

On Friday 19 April 2024, she presided over the awarding of certificates to 139 learners from Makgofe Secondary School and Molautsi Secondary School. This is for completing a year-long Communities and Justice Programme.

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The programme is aimed at educating young people about the danger of crime. The ceremony was held at Grace and Hope Special School in Seshego Zone 1 outside Polokwane.

The program fosters dialogue and understanding between communities and law enforcement officials as participants are taken to various security clusters to have a first hand experience of how the security clusters operate in the country. This includes visiting court proceedings, and prison facilities amongst others.


Phiyega is of the view that young people should be the eyes and ears of police in their communities and said that she is pleased with the commitment shown by the participants during the full program.

“I must say that the area of Makgofe known as a crime-riddled area will no longer be the same as a result of this program,” said Phiyega.

One of the participants, Jackson Buthane, a grade 12 learner is contemplating pursuing a career in criminal justice as a result of the program.