Friend’s death mobilises pupils

2015-09-08 06:00
Camps Bay High School pupils Meghan and Carmen Howell hand a memorandum on safety to provincial minister of community safety Dan Plato. 

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Camps Bay High School pupils Meghan and Carmen Howell hand a memorandum on safety to provincial minister of community safety Dan Plato. PHOTO: nicole mccain

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Camps Bay pupils have handed a memorandum to provincial community safety minister Dan Plato in an appeal for improved policing in Imizamo Yethu.

The memorandum, drafted by Grade 10 pupil Meghan Howell, follows the death of a Camps Bay High pupil during a robbery in July. It was supported by over 400 pupils at the school.

“Camps Bay High students are in unison saying ‘It is enough!’ We would like to appeal to you, in Kwekwe Ngethu’s honour, to do something positive to end the needless crime and violence in this township and community. We ask that his death bring the necessary attention to this situation, so that he not have died in vain,” the memorandum states.

The pupils have called for increased visible policing in the Hout Bay township following the incident, as well as positive interventions in the community to reduce crime.

Arrangements are underway to hand the memorandum over to the Hout Bay police as well.

Howell says the memorandum promotes the idea that the youth have a right to be safe regardless of the community, lifestyle or environment they live in.

“It doesn’t seem too much to ask to be kept safe as a student, to live and go to school, knowing that you are safe to do so. It is our right as young people not to have to fear attacks on our lives,” she says.

Plato says youth involvement in safety issues is vital, as the youth hear and see crime on a daily basis and are often asked to “get drawn in”.

“Drug runners don’t care about who you are and where you live. The youth want to see change and want to be part of that change,” he says

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