It’s time to call in the president

2015-05-06 09:31

This past weekend our community was once again in mourning as we laid to rest four youngsters shot and killed in the prime of their youth.

Over the past few months we have buried so many young people, all the victims of gang warfare. Across our community boundaries we see and hear of the same – the killing of young people, children and innocent citizens.

As community leaders and organisations and service providers we have done our utmost best to stem this terrible wave of gang warfare in our communities and on the Cape Flats.

We have had peace marches, protest marches, picketing, church services, imbizos, meetings . . . and so the endless list goes on.

At most of these valiant attempts and initiatives we had the minister(s), government officials and departments present. We are presented (and bombarded) with proposals and programmes, all worth millions of rands, but still the bullets continue to fly, still people are dying, still our communities are being held hostage by a minority group of thugs.

The reality is that the police are losing ground. The enemy have more “resources” in funds, weapons and manpower.

It is time for the national government and our president to step in. It’s time to put political differences aside, listen to the plight of our people and send in the SANDF.

It’s time to secure our communities, provide the support the police needs, it’s now desperate times calling for desperate measures.

It’s our constitutional right to be protected; it’s our right to call for help. If the defense force can be deployed to address xenophobia, then the same can be done for us. This war is beyond xenophobia.

We call on community leaders and structures across the boundaries to join the Parkwood estate community in this initiative to engage the national government and the president on this serious matter.

It’s time to take back our communities

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