Gangsterism erodes communities

2015-07-23 06:01

Recent news reports have shown the increase in gang related violence within local Nelson Mandela Bay communities.

The current surge of gangsterism in especially the northern areas has reached epidemic proportions and in an effort to curb the rise in gang violence, Port Elizabeth Mental Health will share valuable information through a seminar.

A panel of expert speakers will participate in order to share insights and expertise in gang violence, including the South African Police Service, the National Prosecuting Authority, a psychologist, a social worker, a mother impacted by gang violence as well as reformed ex-gangsters from the Endangered Species Project.

“Our seminar aims to create an improved understanding of gangsterism and its impact on members of the community. It will also allow professionals to determine how to better assist those affected as victims and perpetrators,” said Limeez Arends, Port Elizabeth Mental Health Programme Manager: Skills, Training andamp; Prevention Services.

“Words such as crime, violence and gangsterism have become synonymous in the vocabulary of many South Africans. Innocent lives are cut short, families are destroyed and communities live in fear.”

For more information on the seminar “Words, not bullets: Gangsterism eroding our community”, to be held on 31 July at Western Suburbs Bowling Club, contact mandy.pemh@gmail.com. Cost R130. Registration will take place at 08:30

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