‘Bush of crime’ cleared by locals

2018-07-19 06:00
Some residents from Thembokwezi cut the bush to in hounour of MadibaPHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Some residents from Thembokwezi cut the bush to in hounour of MadibaPHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Residents in Thembokwezi, Khayelitsha, recently celebrated former Presidents Nelson Mandela’s centenary in style by cutting the bush in the nearby community in an attempt to promote safety and honour Madiba’s legacy­.

The group described Tata Madiba as an international icon who was promoting love, peace and unity during his life time.

Resident Neliswa Bomvana described the bush as dangerous to the community and residents whenever they walked past.

“Five years ago young Bongiwe Ninini, from Site C, was attacked and killed here and nothing happened after that. We decided as residents in this 67 minutes of Nelson Mandela to do something about the grass. We are saying to the criminals that rob and kill the innocents: Enough is enough.”she added.

Bomvana was adamant that the stretch of land, between Site C and Thembokwezi Square Centre, will be clean by the month-end.

“The government (was) supposed to have built houses for Thembokwezi backyarders here.

“For the past 30 years, the backyarders here have been neglected ... No one talks about them.

“Instead, we observe many families fighting each other once their parents die, demanding the house,” she said.

She said by spending their time cleaning the area, it is to show that they care about their community.

Mawande Dikeni, from A Section in Site C, was passing by the bush, going to the Thembokwezi Sqaure Centre, when he came across the clean-up campaign.

Dikeni applauded the residents for doing a great job. He reiterated Bomvana’s sentiments that people get robbed in the bush when they are going to the centre.

“I’ve heard people in my area complaining about the bush, saying its dangerous. Some of them have been victims of robbery several times, but I’m lucky because I never experience that,” said Dikeni.

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