From field of screams to field of dreams

2016-05-05 06:00
 Young girls also had a whale of a time during the whole day affair.

Young girls also had a whale of a time during the whole day affair.

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An open area notorious as the battlefield for rival gangs and hotspots for vigilante killings in Khayelitsha was turned into a hive of activity on Mayday.

Esigingqini in Nkanini was on Monday packed to the brim with small children, young adults and even the elderly, and this time around screams of happiness echoed everywhere, instead of cries of distress from victims of crime.

They were part of the ward 95 sports day event which was organised by the local councillors committee, Sanco, Harare police forum and the City.

According to organiser Andiswa Ngcani the plan was to take back the deserted field and make it accessible for positive activities.

“This area is usually a no go area as the local gangs wage wars(here) and they battle it out on this land. Mob attacks have also seen people being burnt alive at this place during the vigilante outbreaks. One of the reasons that these bad things happen here is that this place is not used by the community so that is why we have decided that we are going to use it for sports and community events,” said Ngcani.

She said that the event was designed to be an all day affair where the children will be able to participate to lure them away from crime and drug abuse.

“In this community we have a problem with gangs, drugs and alcohol abuse among others. So buy staging such an event on the holidays such as May Day because the children will be home and easily accessible to bad elements.” Said Ngcani.

Local police forum chairperson, Ronnie Busakwe, said that such programmes where crucial in the fight against crime in the area.

“It is through such events where we can gather the children and the public and inform them about crime fighting tips.

We need to be visible in the community to make sure they see the work done to encounter the rampant crime in our areas,” said Busakwe.

He said the forum had lined up a number of programmes to address crime in the area.

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