Anti-crime protesters say enough is enough

Children take part in the anti-crime march.
The Western Cape United Safety Front marched outside the provincial legislature, calling on leaders to address gang violence and violence against women and children earlier today.

The group, which consisted of mothers, children, activists and community leaders, wanted to hand over a memorandum to Western Cape Premier Helen Zille on their way from Parliament.

Ms Zille, who was not at her office, sent her spokesperson to accept the memorandum, but the group saw this as an insult.

After chanting “we want the madam”, the group handed over two memorandums to the SAPS and Sid Peimer, who was representing the Cape Chamber of Commerce.

Manenberg community leader Roegshanda Pascoe addressed the crowd, saying they were tired of children dying due to gang violence in their communities.

She called on police to do more, saying enough is enough.

Lauretta February from Hanover Park also took part in the march.

“I haven’t lost any child, but I’m supporting all the moms from the moms’ movement,” said Ms February.

Youth representative, Shanice Apples, from Mitchell’s Plain questioned the police presence at the march. 

“It’s baie snaaks that the police are here in full force, but when we need them they take 10 minutes to arrive. They’re standing here with guns and bullet-proof vests. What do we have? We only have our voices. We are not criminals.”

The group dispersed peacefully after handing over the memorandums.