Org has had enough of public meetings

2016-02-02 06:00
During a walkabout in the Parkwood Estate area on Wednesday morning last week, the Voice of Parkwood organisation also visited the family home of Jayden Smith who was shot and killed on Tuesday. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

During a walkabout in the Parkwood Estate area on Wednesday morning last week, the Voice of Parkwood organisation also visited the family home of Jayden Smith who was shot and killed on Tuesday. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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A walkabout to raise awareness of safety and security issues in the Parkwood area was conducted on Wednesday morning last week.

Arranged by Paul Phillips, chairperson of the community organisation Voice of Parkwood, the walkabout was initiated because the community is “challenged”, he says.

“The Parkwood Estate community is challenged in many areas and is currently struggling with social and other ills, such as crime and gangsterism, social issues and housing matters, to name a few,” he says.

Various roleplayers were invited to the walkabout that started at the Parkwood community centre.

“We are really struggling in this community and we need all the authorities to take note of the struggles we face daily. This walkabout was to highlight these issues so that they can come onboard and assist us by addressing these issues appropriately,” Phillips says.

He adds they are fed up with holding public meetings “as these get out of hand”.

“We now want to go to our higher authorities, showing them that we have explored and exhausted all our avenues and we want action now.

“We invited various national and local government departments to really see what our daily challenges are and for them then to take that information back to their colleagues and relay the message that we are really sitting with a problem here,” he says.

Phillips adds that they have also taken the initiative to partner with other organisations, not just in the Parkwood area.

Phillips says he is happy with the walkabout, saying that all issues the organisation wanted highlighted were raised successfully.

“Our next step is to take this issue to higher authority, telling them that we are serious.”

Speaking about the alleged gang murder of 10-year-old Jayden Smith, Phillips says: “This again shows the urgency of the matter. We need people, and especially our government, to open their eyes to this urgency. It was unnecessary to lose an innocent life in that manner and we sympathise with the family of the slain boy,” Phillips says.

He adds Voice of Parkwood will be opposing bail for all gang members who go to court.

“We do not want them back in our communities, and if bail is granted, we do not want them to step foot in our community. Our community is fed up and we are on a knife’s edge, so if these gangsters are released back into our communities we will be taking a stand and showing these gangs we will not tolerate them keeping us hostage,” Phillips says.

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