Get your hands dirty

2017-06-06 06:01

It’s no secret that Lavender Hill is getting out of hand each day (“Bullets hit class time”, People’s Post, 30 May). We can’t hide that this is stealing from our children. School had to be locked because of gang wars over turf.

It’s a pity that when issues like this happen, officials point fingers and say this one must do this and that one must do that. We want a huge police presence; one police van is not enough. The Department of Community Safety must step up. Everyone must get their hands dirty if we want to solve this once and for all.

What I have seen is that even if the police officers come, they are too far from where they are needed. Those in authority must invest in our children’s safety. These are the future leaders; everyone must play a part in protecting them.

It’s a pity that the teachers are also affected. They come from areas outside Lavender Hill to educate our children, but this is how we repay them.

As a community we need to mobilise. We know who these people are; we must unite and fight for the safety of our children. We must make our presence known as residents and parents so that the gangs will tremble in fear when they know we are out on the street. We want the department of justice officials to pull up their socks: Those found guilty must be locked up.

We can’t sit and be controlled by a small group holding us hostage. Hiding away from the truth will not help us nor our children.

Beulah Hendricks Email Lavender Hill

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