Candle lights kids’ lives

2017-05-23 06:00
Ward councillor Sollomon Philander, proportional representative (PR) councillor Willem Doman, Mayco member (South) Eddie Andrews, PR councillor Washiela Harris, PR councillor Annalize van Zyl, subcouncil chairperson Sheval Arendse, ward councillor Daniel Christians and subcouncil director Aleshia Bosman. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

Ward councillor Sollomon Philander, proportional representative (PR) councillor Willem Doman, Mayco member (South) Eddie Andrews, PR councillor Washiela Harris, PR councillor Annalize van Zyl, subcouncil chairperson Sheval Arendse, ward councillor Daniel Christians and subcouncil director Aleshia Bosman. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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It has been a tragic few months for Capetonians as 19 young lives were lost in violent circumstances. Statistics show that 19 children were killed in the Western Cape since the beginning of the year.

Mitchell’s Plain was just one of the many suburbs to witness these tragedies, which has spurred local councillors on to take a stand.

Following the discovery of the body of three-year-old Elsies River girl Courtney ­Pieters, the members of subcouncil 12 held a formal candlelighting ceremony in memory of the children killed in recent months.

The candle was kept alight throughout the duration of the subcouncil meeting on Thursday last week. Subcouncil chairperson Sheval Arendse also opened his speech with the topic.

“Since January to date, about 19 children have been murdered by relatives or people they knew. It is high time that the government inform the community when they release prisoners on parole, so that the community can be more vigilant with their children,” said Arendse.

He spoke directly to the case of Stacha Arendse who was killed in his ward in March.

Stacha went missing on Monday 27 March and her body was found in the bush along Swartklip Road the next day (“1000s for girls”, People’s Post, 4 April).

The man accused of her murder, Randy Tango, had been released on parole shortly before she went missing.

Arendse commended residents for hosting vigils and marches against child murders.

“The community is crying out for help. Unfortunately, we as councillors cannot always attend vigils and mass marches against these crimes due to official council business. We as a subcouncil are taking a stance today, to light a candle as a sign of support against the recent spate of murders,” he said.

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