Mayor praises rights in Heideveld

2016-03-29 06:00
Mayor Patricia de Lille visited Heideveld last week to celebrate national Human Rights Day.

Mayor Patricia de Lille visited Heideveld last week to celebrate national Human Rights Day.

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Mayor Patricia de Lille visited Heideveld last week to mark national Human Rights Day.

De Lille was also in the area to spread news regarding the City of Cape Town’s “inclusive city” campaign, which aims to address racism and build a positive rights-based culture in which everyone knows their rights, knows that they cannot be discriminated against and knows that we all have a responsibility to respect the rights of others.

“In the second phase of our campaign, we are going into communities to host dialogues on the issue of racism, knowing your rights and claiming those rights,” stated De Lille.

According to Anthony Moses, ward councillor for the area, the local commemoration day was held in the form of a workshop to create the setting for a common dialogue.

Various community organisations, such as the local community police forum and Heideveld health clinic, joined community members to raise issues around the spatial challenges in the area.

“Some of the challenges which came up were the issues of unemployment among the community, crime as well as spatial differences between the various areas. The community then actually requested more local programmes. They asked for more municipal services and a more inclusive approach and that the whole issue of racism needs to have a change of mindset,” said Moses.

De Lille urged community members to work together to promote unity, love and peace.

“If we stand together we can fight poverty, gangsterism and racism. The ubuntu spirit needs to take hold of people and the need to see colour must disappear. People need to see people, not colour,” she added.

She stated that everyone had the right to freedom of speech, not to be discriminated against and freedom of association, as well as the right to be treated with respect and for these rights to be protected.

“I asked the people of Heideveld to speak what is on their hearts and I was very impressed with what I heard today. We all agreed that we need to respect each other, respect our parents, our children, our neighbours. We need to work together to address the issues facing our communities,” she said.

She said that communities were still dealing with the divisions of apartheid today, but that despite it, parents needed to teach their children that the colour of your skin did not matter.

“Cape Town is a city for all. We want everyone to feel a sense of belonging and that this city belongs to all who live in it. We must never allow ourselves to be separated on the basis of colour or race. I was once again amazed at the wisdom and values that came from these discussions and that we had the community leading these discussions,” said De Lille.

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