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‘Recreation areas could improve child safety’

Delft residents say there are no safe areas for their children to play after school.

Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz says they are looking into making more recreation areas available for children. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Delft residents say recreation areas could improve child safety in the area as their children have no safe places to play after school and at weekends.

There has been a series of attacks on children in Delft since the beginning of the year.

A nine-year-old girl died earlier this week after she was raped and set alight in the area in January.

She fought for her life for two months in hospital but died due to the severity of her condition.

Delft resident Priscilla Mcentee says she lives in fear every day that her children or grandchildren will become victims of violence and rape.

"The government should create places for children to play because here in Delft there are no places for children to play and when people are drunk and intoxicated they take chances with children as no one is looking after them when they're playing."

Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz says they are looking into making more recreation areas available for children.

"We can rollout parks but they must become safe spaces. They mustn't become spaces like in Mitchells Plain where the gangs are now controlling the parks.

"We as communities should be able to take back our streets and parks."