For Youth Day we asked first-year journalism students from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology to write for us.
Here's what Sharidyn Rogers had to say:
Fear of gang violence has escalated and residents who are witnesses seem to have lost all hope. If we don’t receive drastic intervention for the state of our country, then it is sad to say – things will only become worse.
Recently the country witnessed many youngsters being killed in relation to gang violence. Innocent people lose their lives daily being caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. As a resident of the Cape Flats, I have witnessed more young people die than old folks, and I don’t see much being done to save us from this tragic state.
Recently in my area, several residents took to the streets and spoke up against the issue of gang violence and drugs, and just like in the past – the police were a hindrance. They tried to silence the voices of the very people that fall victim to violence when it is those voices who should be given a platform to speak.