While gang violence accounts for a third of all crime committed in the Western Cape, civil society groups will be challenging the prevalence of violence within Manenberg and the greater Cape Flats area with a peace march this Saturday. A number of organisations lead by the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) in collaboration with the International Youth Peace Group (IYPG) have banded together for the event, to call for peace and calm on the Cape Flats.
The event marks the 3rd commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace, which was first announced in Seoul, South Korea, in 2013, where 30 000 youth from around the world gathered calling for world peace.
This year, in South Africa, youth of all communities are gathering to show that peace is achievable and to promote the Legislate Peace Campaign, which urges all peace-loving citizens to sign peace agreements in support of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War.
IWPG Spokesperson Chido Ngcobo explained that the peace walk is a symbolic approach taken by community members who wish to live in a violent free society, which she says can be achieved through unity.
“We want to show the community of Manenberg that they are not alone and that they are not forgotten,” she noted.
While community uprisings are generally associated with protests, Ngcobo said that individuals will peacefully walk through the streets dressed in attire that depicts their culture, emphasizing the diversity of South Africa.
In addition, walkers will wave placards with messages of peace and unity, encouraging residents to join in the discussion.
The IWPG will be accompanied by ladies from Bonteheuwel, Atlantis, and 300 children from Manenberg, who will perform for the audience.
Ngcobo invited all peace loving citizens to join the Peace March and unite against gang violence.
The event takes place at 11am at the War Memorial, opposite the CTICC in the City Centre on Saturday, 28 May 2016.
Those who do not have transport may make use of four free buses that will depart at 9am from Bonteheuwel High, Bonteheuwel terminus and Modderdam High.
For more information, contact: 0218117429. VOC