The Freedom Park community in Tafelsig, will meet once again on Sunday 29 June to march to the homes of gangsters and drug dealers. This decision was taken by the community at a mass meeting on Thursday 26 June, at the Freedom Park Community Centre in Tafelsig.
The People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad) had to persuade frustrated Freedom Park residents in Tafelsig against embarking on a mass march through the streets late last night. The community then agreed to march during the day to give ultimatums to gangsters and drug dealers to stop their illicit activities.
At the mass meeting residents poured out their frustrations with gangsters, whom they say are ruining their lives and using small children to climb through burglar bars to break into homes their local police inefficiency to clamp down on gangsterism and drug peddling.They called on the community to stand united in the fight against gangsterism and drugs.
“Our struggle is for a community free from crime, gangsterism and drugs. We want a safe environment to send our children to school, church, mosque, madressah and other sports activities,” a resident said.
The Pagad Tafelsig coordinator, Mogammad Keraan, reminded the community that whilst Pagad is merely assisting them to stand up against gangsterism and drugs and to take responsibility of their own community.
In a message of support to the community, the Economic Freedom Front (EFF) Cape Metro Coordinator, Lephallo X Mohoto, called on the community to be united against imperialism.
“Crime, gangsterism, poverty, unemployment, inequality are all rooted in the unequal re-distribution of land and wealth. The EFF will fight side by side with PAGAD and communities to root out these social ills,” Mohoto said. He also questioned what the police and government do with confiscated drugs.
The gathering will take place at Freedom Park community hall in Alexandra street in Tafelsig at 2pm. VOC