Residents must help root out ills

2015-11-17 06:00

“Stop living in you own cocoon – become active members of society.”

This is the message from members of the Sheraton Park Residents and Ratepayers’ Association to the community in their fight against crime and gangsterism.

Niezaam Theunissen, speaking on behalf of the Association, has called on residents to stand up for their community and help root out the ills in society.

“We find that so many people complain about what is going on in the community with drugs, gangsterism, children not attending schools and parents being negligent but yet they take no action,” he says.

Theunissen says in going forward and taking action the Association’s members are planning an anti-crime and -drug march to highlight the social ills in the community, but also to find solutions to the ills residents face daily.

“We must take a stand and show these people who are doing wrong, who are involved in illegal activities, who lure our children into gangs and drugs that we see them and that we demand they stop what they are doing,” he says.

The march is set to take place at the end of the month.

The Association aims to march to various hotspots, including parks, open spaces and known places where children and gangsters visit daily and get involved in illegal activities.

“We want these individuals who are making life hard for the rest of the community to see us and to know we are not going to back down,” he says.

Theunissen says they have an issue with children staying out of schools and their parents not knowing what they are up to.

“We call on parents to become more involved in their children’s lives, to encourage them to stay in school and to think about their futures and what their possibilities are,” he says.

He says parents need to spend time with their children, check who their friends are, where they socialise and with whom, why they are not attending school and, if they are involved in illegal activities, to seek help.

“We can make a difference together, but we must first take responsibility for our actions or lack thereof when it comes to the well-being of our youth. They need to look up to their parents who need to be good rolemodels,” he says.

Changing the mindset of youngsters and parents is important in going forward, Theun­issen explains.

“The time has come where we need to stop complaining about our conditions or circumstances, but rather focus that energy on developing our community, our children and our surroundings to ensure we can live in a peaceful society,” he says.

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