It was an amazing sight to see children enjoying themselves in the Lavender Hill area now that the gang violence has subsided.
Steenberg police officer, Constable Lugmaan Adams, initiated a programme for the children of Lavender Hill whereby they gathered together to celebrate Worker’s Day and play together at St Blaize Park in St Montague Village last Tuesday. Adams has been running a marching project for some time, going to various schools in the Steenberg precinct and recruiting learners to teach them basic marching (drill) moves.
He and others in the community are currently recruiting local children to join the marching squad.
His drill squad gave a very well-practised display that was thoroughly enjoyed by both young and old.
Also at the event was a squad from Wesbank, who gave a marching display of good precision. For most of these children, it was their first time being outside Delft.
Vincent Daniels, president of Sports Against Crime South Africa, Colonel Jan Alexander, station commander of Steenberg Police Station, and Gavin Walbrugh, chairperson of the Steenberg Community Policing Forum, attended the event and encouraged the children not to engage in illegal activities like gangsterism and drugs.
After the displays, Daniels provided the children with something to eat, sponsored by the local Pick n Pay.
Steenberg police spokesperson, Warrant Officer John Bartlett, says: “In the partnership between Sports Against Crime SA and Steenberg police we attempt to make a difference in the lives of children through various sporting codes. The purpose of drill is to develop a sense of instinctive obedience, and the foundation of discipline is based on drill.”