Eastridge’s people are traumatised

2017-11-21 06:00

In recent months we have seen innocent people being killed by the bullet. The violent act cannot be justified by any person. We live with our families with the hope to protect them but a few keep us ransom. The violence impacts on the whole of the community. The working class is living in fear; our youth are living in fear.

In recent days I heard horrible stories about children who had to run for their lives, of innocent young people killed and, worst of all, sick people in need of emergency care waiting hours for response from the emergency services due to the violence.

In November the community health centre rolled out a community-orientated primary care programme in the Eastridge community. This project will take primary healthcare to the people by ensuring that the people access healthcare. Once again the Arisen Women who are doing the work on the ground are in danger due to the violence. Last week the women reported that they had to run for their lives due to shooting that occurred while they were walking the streets wanting to offer healthcare to the those who need it.

I am always asked: What is government doing? It is clear the battle against crime does not have one side but is a whole community approach. The occurrence of gun shots and killings has become a regular happening in Eastridge and it leaves the community ­traumatised.

Our lives matter and we must stand together in dealing with the crime we face today.

The perpetrators of crime in Eastridge: Your violent acts are leaving the community in trauma. Whatever your motives, our children and innocent people are living in fear. The community doesn’t have to pay for your crimes. We need an increase in police visibility and swift action by the justice system to bring the perpetrators to book.

We have the right to live in peace in our community. Children who are going to school to learn are the ones who are traumatised and not protected. Children in Boekenhout Street, Eastridge are the ones who must fight for their lives in hospital due to shootings. Why are the authorities not giving the community peace of mind by patrolling our streets and acting on these incidents?

We continue to pray for peace in our community.

Councillor solomon philander Ward 78

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