The community of Hanover Park on Sunday took to the streets and homes of the many drug houses in the area to show their dismay at the gang violence that has erupted recently. Leader of the march Imam Toyer Rodriques said residents were irate as many innocent lives are being lost as a result of a continued gang turf war.
“The people in Hanover park felt that the blood of these innocent people is calling out for peace. For the past two weeks 15 people was killed and this motivated us,” said Rodriques.
Captain Lang at the Philippi police station, which services the area, confirmed that approximately 2000 people formed part of the march.
“We passed most of the gang leaders and the drug merchants’ houses and we sent them a message saying that we want out streets back. Many children also formed part of the march,” said Rodriques.
Although they did not reach all the drug dealers houses, they are hoping that something gets done about the way many innocent lives are taken. Shortly after the march, another shooting took place, with an innocent bystander caught in the crossfire.
Rodriques said Hanover Park, like many other areas on the Cape Flats, are notorious for the many gang groupings that branch out from one area to the area.
Their ultimate concern as a community is that residents on the Cape Flats must unite in their fight against the scourge.
Rodriques said they will be holding another sitting this week to discuss the next march due to the fact that many elderly people could not partake in the march in its entirety, and they had to keep it short.
“All drug and gang bosses’ places will be visited,” he warned. VOC (Imogen Vollenhoven)