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2018-05-29 06:00
Around 1000 gathered in Lavender Hill last week for a community engagement with police and other law enforcement entities linked to the police.PHOTO: Earl Haupt

Around 1000 gathered in Lavender Hill last week for a community engagement with police and other law enforcement entities linked to the police.PHOTO: Earl Haupt

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Chapman says: “I am pretty sure we who are residents of Lavender Hill know where the drug houses are. We know where the gangsters live. We give them a chance to turn things around, but it is not happening, because it has continued for so many years. So, if they are not going to change or not do anything differently, we evict them. We can still give those people who are expecting a house, on the housing waiting list for 20 years. If they don’t want to come right and they are bringing this community down further, give them the option of if they don’t turn things around in three months they must move out and give the house to someone who is deserving of that house. It will kill two birds with one stone,” she says.

Another resident, Ralph Bowers, asked authorities to provide more alternatives for young children to become involved in so that they do not become easily lured by gangsters.

“The transformation for Lavender Hill is suffering for the following reasons: There is no sport and recreation in this community. There are no facilities in this community to be able to give support to our children when they are nine years of age, so when they are 18 they are not gangsters. In this community there is nothing which is an alternative to gangsterism or to dilute the recruitment of gangsters. Within all the communities across the Cape Flats, if we can get our children from six years to 16 – find a way to occupy them with sport, arts and culture. Then we will find that our communities will heal systematically and slowly.”

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