Community awaits next session

2018-07-10 06:00
A small group of residents in Parkwood gathered after a faith walk in the area on Sunday.

A small group of residents in Parkwood gathered after a faith walk in the area on Sunday.

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Residents in the Parkwood are poised to listen to the next phase of talks between the City of Cape Town and the provincial government.
Residents held a peaceful faith walk in the area on Sunday to highlight their plight once more in a show of solidarity for one another.

Pastor Paul Phillips, spokesperson and convenor for the Voice of Parkwood, which comprises an array of community organisations affiliated in the area, quelled murmurs suggesting that a rift has taken place within the group.

“As you journey along there are different people, groups and different organisations which make up this movement.

“Of course there will be disagreements around certain issues like time frames. It is not that we could not overcome it. Everything is back to normal.”

Phillips explains that the senior group of leaders met with the younger group of people in the Voice of Parkwood and appealed to them for continued patience.

“There are groupings, especially from the young people’s side, they are becoming more and more impatient. There are already talks about other people who want to occupy land around Parkwood and we have had to douse those fires.

“There is lots of talk, discussions, planning and network behind the scenes. We sat around the table and asked for 30 days from the date of the last meeting. We are going into the last week of that period,” says Phillips.

Various faith leaders held an intimate ceremony on the open space between Walmer Road and Prince George Drive where prayers were recited and delivered in order for peace to prevail during a public meeting slated for tomorrow evening.

“We are at a crossroad; the process has come so far in terms of the housing. We have to clearly distinguish the leadership; those who are going to further the aims and objectives and the housing and land issue in Parkwood­.

“There is a need for clear leadership going forward,” adds Phillips.

The group felt the need to band together when the recent uprising took place, but each group have their own set of expectations, which has led to certain points of contention, which Phillips says is natural within a large group of leadership.

“What we have been having are the backyarders who are an organisation on its own. We have the people who are on the waiting list long, people who are landless and homeless. We need to clearly determine and get the mandate from the community that is why we are calling the public meeting, to get all three fronts united,” he says.

He adds that tomorrow evening’s meeting is to identify who is going to be the next leader­.

“At the moment it is obvious that there is tension within the leadership, because we have not clearly defined who are the people who should actually take the process forward­.

“During the uprising there were a lot of people involved and a lot of leaders, what roles they are going to take on and what roles they are going to take and who are going to be the negotiators who are going to sit around the table,” concludes Phillips.

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