This emerged after anti-crime activist Yusuf Abramjee opened a can of worms when he asked the City of Tshwane if it really expected children to play at the poorly maintained Street Park in Laudium.
He posed the question on social media and tagged the City and Gauteng Premier David Makhura. His post of images of overgrown vegetation encouraged other parents to express their fears about poorly maintained parks.
Parents and young people in the city took to social media and also told the Pretoria News how they feared for the safety of children because there were drug dealers roaming and homeless people who made these recreational areas their homes.
In Sunnyside and Arcadia they spoke of overgrown grass and illegal dumping, which they said made the parks look abandoned and that homeless people slept in them and made fires at night.