Pictures from today’s joint church-police-community Youth Day campaign against drugs and gangsterism in Helenvale, Port Elizabeth. Initiated by Victory Ministries International the event was held on the grounds of the Helenvale Primary School
The emphatic sign on the mobile stage says it all! And these Helenvale women and children who turned out for the festive event surely deserve to live without fear of being victims of gangster violence.
Teenage rapper Jean-Mikyle Roos became a celebrity in the area in February when his rap song "Genoeg Is Genoeg!" (Enough Is Enough!) struck a chord with young and old in Helenvale. Here he raps his new song "Drugs Is Gevaarlik" (Drugs Are Dangerous) to an appreciative audience.
Children watch dancers from their community strutting their stuff. A speaker told the crowd that dance group Dejavu from Helenvale was on its way to the USA to compete in a contest. "You can do anything you want to do," said the speaker picking up on the theme of elevating the community's aspirations beyond the limitations imposed by crime and poverty. Displays by people from the community who had managed to establish viable businesses were set up in the area and kids and their parents were encouraged to chat to the entrepreneurs and learn how they had succeeded.
Police keep watch. Police participated in the event -- patrolling, preaching, praying, educating and just making friends with the locals.
SA Police Services Warrant Officer C Arantjies educates local children about the dangers of drugs. The kids are (from the left) Brigette Geswindt, Kaylene Baartman, Micayla Mattews, Rene Geswindt and Jennifer Felix. All said they longed to see an end to crime and gangsterism in their neighbourhood.