Athlone residents march in peace

More than 20 people died in suspected gang related incidents on the Cape Flats this month.

Pupils are sent home because of gang violence. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A group of Athlone residents on Sunday embarked on a peace march in the area in a bid to highlight the spate of suspected gang related killings which have rocked the Cape Flats over the past few weeks.

The group, along with religious leaders, gathered at a church in Hazendal, where they will walk through the community, while praying for peace.

The gathering was sparked by the death of a Spes Bona High School pupil who died after he was shot in the head on the school grounds last week.

More than 20 people died in suspected gang related incidents across the Cape Flats this month, alone.

Athlone ward councilor Suzette Little said this is unacceptable.

"We are trying to get our communities to open up, to start participating in the community itself because the problem is with the parents.

"They are hiding the things of their children so we encourage them to come forward and be part of the healing of this community."