Cape Town - There has been a welcome lull in gang violence in Lavender Hill in recent weeks, but many residents believe the peace will not last long.
“Things have been much better. I don’t have that feeling of looking over my shoulder every few paces anymore,” said Adinaan Martin, 32, who’s been living in Lavender Hill all his life. “Kids are able to play on the street again – but everyone is asking: ‘How long will it last’?”
But for Abdullah “Hoppie” Galant, who works with the New World Foundation and runs focus groups and a hip hop class for youth in Lavender Hill, the period of quiet has come as a godsend.
“Finally we don’t have to cancel our focus groups and talent shows any more. We can SMS the kids and tell them: ‘Yes, everything is still on for tonight’. Before, we were forever cancelling events.
“What’s more is that we now have the opportunity to bring more and more kids into the talent development programmes because they are no longer so distracted and tempted by the gangsterism.”