Protesters seek state of emergency

2015-05-26 06:00
Protestors stand outside parliament as they bring across their message to declare a state of emergency on the Cape Flats.

Protestors stand outside parliament as they bring across their message to declare a state of emergency on the Cape Flats.

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Rainy weather could not deter residents from Cape Flats communities to march to parliament on Tuesday last week.

Residents from Manenberg, Parkwood, Mitchell’s Plain and Bonteheuwel protested outside parliament to demand that a state of emergency be declared in the Cape Flats.

Community activist and organiser of the march George Felix says the march was needed to make the plight of residents heard.

“We are fed up with having our children senselessly killed daily. Gangsters are trying to overpower communities and we are taking a stand against that,” he says.

Felix says an e-petition was signed by more than 1750 people in support of the campaign.

“We would have liked more signatures on the petition but because it was done electronically, all our communities could not be a part of it.

“However, another petition will be drawn up and this will be sent door to door in all volatile communities to show our unity for this cause,” he says.

Residents who joined the protest outside parliament said they wanted gangsters and drugs out of their living areas.

“They are killing our children. The police and government must do something so we can be safe in our communities again,” protestors were heard shouting.

The protesters also aired their frustration with the presence of firearms in the Cape Flats and the apparent lack of police response.

“Why are guns allowed in and out of our communities? They need to investigate corrupt cops who know exactly where these guns are being stored at merchant homes. We have had enough,” more shouted.


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