Award celebrates local woman of wonder

2019-10-01 06:00
Roegshanda PascoePHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

Roegshanda PascoePHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

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Her passion for community development and her pursuit of justice for those who have been victims of crime just continues to grow.

It is this commitment which earned Manenberg community activist Roegshanda Pascoe a Woman of Wonder Award.

The award ceremony, which took place on Monday 23 September in Rylands, celebrated women who served their communities.

The equally surprised and elated Pascoe was among the recipients.

She said the award not only recognised her work but also motivated her to continue.

Pascoe said being in the same room with powerful women from different parts of Cape Town gave her an indescribable feeling.

“I did not think I would get the award. As a result, I did not prepare a speech. I usually do not; I speak from the heart,” she explained.

She said it was overwhelming to be in the same room with women who had degrees and who had launched great programmes and initiatives for their communities.

The mother of three said the fight against injustice was far from over and it needed members of society to unite.

She said having a degree did not make you better than anyone who did not have one.

The self-confessed challenger of authority is currently not staying at her home.

She is being housed at a secret, safe location because she testified in court against a notorious gang member from Manenberg.

This put her family in a compromising position because she, her three children and her grandchild were forced to move. The relocation meant that her grandchild could no longer attend school.

If it meant she had to vacate her home for justice to prevail, so be it, she said.

Part of the reason Pascoe decided to testify was that she always preached the message of walking the talk.

“We always lash out at people for not wanting to testify even though they saw what happened. So I decided to lead by example and testify. It has not been easy,” she said.

She was concerned about what would happen to her and her children after the case reached its end. But for now, she is celebrating her award and is looking forward to doing more community work.

She is part of the Manenberg Safety Forum, a non-profit organisation (NPO).

The NPO, which is financially struggling, serves as a voice for the residents in pursuit of justice.

She is appealing to anyone who wishes to assist to make a donation.

She is also inviting anyone who wishes to be part of the change to join the NPO. V To get in touch with her, send her a message on Facebook.

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