Braai the way to go

2016-11-01 06:00
Fourteen families of Klavier Street in Retreat hosted a braai and played games in their street and park on Saturday to show their children that the street “belongs to them”.  PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Fourteen families of Klavier Street in Retreat hosted a braai and played games in their street and park on Saturday to show their children that the street “belongs to them”. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Residents of Klavier Street in Steenberg “took back their street” by hosting a braai and playing games in their street and on the park on Saturday.

They say it was a reminder to everyone and a lesson for their children that the streets are for everyone and they should be used by everyone without fear.

“It is so sad that our children can’t play on the streets anymore. They have to be locked inside our houses most of the time because it’s not safe to play outside anymore,” says Priscilla Arendse, one of the people who organised the event.

“The gang violence and crime is just too much. Our children are in constant fear of bullets. Motorists have become so inconsiderate. They drive so fast on the streets that they don’t even take notice of our children.

“Back in the day we had freedom to do anything. We were a close-knit street and up to today we are still close and there for each other.

“It was such a heartwarming gettogether for the elderly as they watched their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren play and eat together. Grouped in families, they were braai’ing and playing games.

“Fourteen families got together.

“They say they also want to send a message to the younger generation that crime doesn’t pay. In our group no-one has ever been to jail and no-one ended up doing drugs because we respected each other and we were there for each other.

“We did this so that we can show our children the way to go. These days they think doing drugs or being part of a gang is the way to go. No, this can only destroy you.

“Our children have so much fear. They don’t have a place to place safely. This was our way of showing them that the streets belong to them; they just have to take them back,” says Arendse.

Trevor Jaftha, who also attended the event, says things have changed a lot since he was a child.

“In our days life was fun. Every week there was a sport at the park. It brought us together, but now our kids can’t even play at the park. Look at the thorns in the park, it’s not even being used, it’s not safe at all.

“We want that to change. We grew up outside and our parents played with us. We want to send a message to everyone that these are our streets; we have to claim them back. We shouldn’t allow crime or gangs to rob us of what is ours.”

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