Residents’ voices ring for peace

2015-08-11 06:00
Residents came out in numbers to join in a prayer session on the streets of Rocklands on Thursday last week.

PHOTO: 
Samantha Lee

Residents came out in numbers to join in a prayer session on the streets of Rocklands on Thursday last week. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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Hundreds of voices sang praise songs in the streets of Rocklands on Thursday evening last week.

The community came out in support of a prayer session held at the corners of Strandloper, Heron and Finch streets.

The session was intended to aid peace and healing in the area, following sporadic shootings.

Residents, regardless of their religious beliefs, were invited to participate.

Street committee members, the subforum, neighbourhood watch members and other concerned residents gathered to show their disapproval of the constant shootings in the area.

The event was also supported by the police.

Jonathan Williams, organiser of the event, says he is pleased with the outcome of the event.

“The turnout is great and we are hoping to do this more often,” he says.

Over the past few weeks the area had become volatile with several shootings between Cedar and Robin roads.

Resident and community worker Mogamat Jappie says the volatility is aided by drug and turf tensions.

Williams says the session was to show that residents feel enough is enough.

“We chose to stop on the corners because there are always people sitting on the corners and getting shot. We also prayed because this is getting out of hand and we as the residents can’t go on like this. We need to take a stand,” he says.

The group of residents sang gospel songs and prayed as they walked the block of streets between Cedar and Robin roads.

Williams says he hopes to drum up more support at community meetings for the next event.

Subforum secretary Washiela Sardien says the session was what the area needed.

“We are so happy to see this turnout. It is really a blessing to have this prayer in the streets. The neighbourhood watch and street committees are doing a great job in the area and we have asked these residents also to join up with them,” she says.

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To participate in the community safety structures, call Sardien on 078 234 3066 or Hillary Piet­erse on 078 166 3924

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