Remembering Rene Roman

2018-03-13 06:01
Children from the Lavender Hill community come together to remember Rene Tracy Roman.

Children from the Lavender Hill community come together to remember Rene Tracy Roman.

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Philisa Abafazi Bethu (PAB), a women’s and children’s project in Lavender Hill, recently hosted a remembrance day in honour of 13-year-old Rene Roman who was abducted, raped and killed last year.

Roman was a learner at Levana Primary School at the time of her death and Saturday 10 March was a bittersweet day for many as they remembered her. The event was hosted at Levana Primary School.

Powafix, a building materials supplier based in KwaZulul-Natal, heard Evans’ plea for water for schools in the area and sent 2500 five-litre bottles of water which were distributed to schools during the event. Rotary Newlands sponsored party packs for the children in attendance.

PAB founder Lucinda Evans says the main aim of the event was to emphasise the scourge of child killings on the Cape Flats by also speaking about the #1Child2Many campaign.

“We had over 100 children from the area and surroundings to celebrate Rene’s life through song and dance. We had to talk about our new campaign, #1Child2Many. Through the campaign we hope to advocate for children’s rights, as well as engage parents on how they can protect their children. We are working with other organisations that are part of “Her Voice His Footprints” to adopt the campaign and spread it in their communities,” she says.

People’s Post published a story on this campaign (“New approach to child safety”, 6 February).

Evans says PAB is committed to taking child protection prevention strategies throughout the Cape Flats and ensuring that communities start taking care of their children, one child and one family at a time. “We want to collaborate and partner with others. We want people to copy our intervention campaigns and we want to work with all communities to fight all the challenges that children are facing,” she says.

Although child protection remains a serious concern for everyone, Evans says they are winning with cases being reported of children in need of care and protection.

“Much more needs to be done via government when it comes to the killing of children and even on cases. We will use every channel we have to address children’s issues.”

The man accused of killing and raping Rene Roman is expected to appear again in the Cape Town High Court on Friday 23 March where his trial is set to begin.

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