Life after death needs 1 step

2015-05-19 06:00
The group gather before the march throught the streets of Eastridge. 

Ashley Potts

The group gather before the march throught the streets of Eastridge. PHOTOS: Ashley Potts

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Eastridge residents have raised their voices in a touching farewell aimed at bringing closure to families who have lost loved ones in this community.

On Saturday more than 150 residents, armed with placards, took to the streets with the support of the community police forum (CPF), police and other organisations.

Deputy chairperson of the Mitchell’s Plain CPF Ashley Potts says the forum supported the initiative.

“The march was aimed at helping residents come to terms with the loss of a loved one and bring closure after both natural and unnatural deaths. The march was not to make a noise about how they died but rather to show that they are gone but not forgotten,” he says.

Potts adds that the initiative was important because the dead children honoured through the event are from the community.

The event was organised by Eleanor Manuels. She recently started an organisation honouring her sons who have both been victims of crime.

“My one son was killed on 16 May two years ago and the other was stabbed in his eye in 2010. The organisation is in honour of both my sons and was started in March this year,” she says.

The march marked two years since her one son had passed away.

The Darrol-Gene Mention is based in East­ridge as, Manuels says, she wanted to start at home.

“The march was a memorial, a free and peaceful march for all those who lost their lives. It was not about the violence or as an act of revenge but rather to show people there is life after death,” she explains.

The march started in 5th Avenue and followed Baobab and Katdoring streets back to 5th Avenue where the programme ended with motivational speeches and spiritual dances.

Manuels says she plans to take the initiative to other parts of Mitchell’s Plain where people are in need of a connection with God and comfort for their lost loved ones.


For more information on how to get involved with the initiative call Eleanor Manuels on 073 309 4373

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