Instead of running away from bullets, many young children from Mitchells Plain will now have an opportunity to run with the ball, thanks to a non-profit organisation that is determined to bring sports back into schools and communities.
Unchain the Plain, was started by four best friends who grew up together in Mitchells Plain and witnessed how gangsterism had crippled many communities.
Speaking to Cape Town etc on Thursday, one of the members of the organisation, Juven Rittles, urged all role players to come together to assist in protecting the children.
“Our children are being held hostage by this gang phenomenon. Unchain the plain would want to assist and help. So we’re asking the government to have a concrete solid plan to address the issue,” Rittles said.
Mark Skriker, who is also part of the quartet was quoted by EWN as saying that Unchain the Plain aimed at creating a safe environment for children to play.
He said children deserved to play in an environment free of intimidation.
“Every child, whether he lives in Durbanville, Mitchells Plain or in Khayelitsha, every child has the right to grow up in a dignified environment,” Skriker said.
Picture: Cape Town etc gallery