The University of the Western Cape (UWC) in association with the Kensington Factreton Ratepayers and Residents Association (KFRRA) has urged the public to engage in peace building through an interactive discussion on International Peace Day on Sunday, 21 September 2014.
The discussion revolves around the violence that is taking place within the Factreton and Kensington area and the community is urged to unite and fight against it. This joint UWC Convocation-Community Peace-building Event is an opportunity to meet others who are committed to peace-building and community reconstruction.
“The police cannot deal with the violence and we cannot overlook that the youth is being traumatised by the violence,” says KFRRA secretary Mariam Oliver.
Kensington has experienced escalating crime rates and the community is up in arms as the police cannot deal with the violence. They are demanding an intervention and better monitoring of the crime ridden area.
“We as a community need to tackle the crime that the law enforcement cannot handle and parents and we are hoping that these are some of the solutions coming from the floor,” says Oliver.
Although the discussion is mainly directed towards the youth and the safety of the youth, it is open to the public.
“We are open to everyone. All is welcome but we welcome the youth if they want to come out to help us address the problem,” says Oliver.
Various community leaders including members of the high schools in Kensington will be participating in peace discussions. These include Father David, Sheikh Keraan, Dr Ricardo Peters, Godfrey Bartlett, Brian Williams, Prof Keith Gottschalk, Mlungisli Noludwe, Craig Leetz, the prinicipal of Windmere High, youth speakers of Kensington and Windmere High School.
It takes place on Sunday, 21 September at Kenmere Primary School in 10th Ave Kensington between 15h00 and 17h00pm. VOC (Nailah Cornelissen)