New Woodlands march lets kids run free

2017-10-24 06:01
Residents were led by the Highlands Primary School drill squad.

Residents were led by the Highlands Primary School drill squad.

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The community of New Woodlands took to the streets on Friday last week, displaying unity by marching together against crime, gangsterism and drug use in their ­neighbourhood.

The joint initiative was initiated by Lucinda Evans, chairperson of the community policing forum cluster, in partnership with ward 75 councillor Joan Woodman, proportional representative councillor Washiela Harris, Lentegeur and Mitchell’s Plain cluster police and most of the neighbourhood block and street committees of ward 75.

The march was organised by the New Woodlands Neighbourhood Watch with Woodman as a pilot project.

“We allowed our children to play in a safe space from 18:00 to 22:00 on Friday in Walter Battiss Park,” says Woodman.

“Children enjoyed the freedom of taking back the streets and having fun by dancing and singing.”

The Highlands Primary School drill squad led the procession.

More than 400 residents joined the march, supported by police and the safety ­structures.

Woodman expressed her appreciation for everyone who joined in making the event a success.

“Your child is my child. This was the outcry and emphasis expressed on Friday,” she says.

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