September warned about the gangs becoming more and more entrenched in general society and positioning themselves strategically for greater control.
They are part of churches, businesses and even hold shares in the mines.
NVV was founded by the Plea for Peace Project and Musical (PfPPM) and Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA).
It is a platform to create awareness to people of Cape Town about on-going gang violence on the Cape Flats, and on how poetry, music, tennis and cricket could be used as non-violent and enterprising means to ignite dreams and forge peaceful partnerships.
Robin Coxson, founder of PfPPM and co-founder of NVV, challenged schools on the flats to make 30 learners available to PfPPM so that the skilled musicians and choreopgraphers can train them for a production that would ultimately be staged at theatres in Cape Town. The content of the production would be aimed to draw the attention of the audiences to the plight of children and parents in war-torn areas in Manenberg, Delft, Ocean View and Khayelitsha.
He said due to gang shootings at Manenberg Primary School, rehearsals by PfPPM have come to a halt the past term.
“We want to give more and more people a voice through Non-Violence Vocal. We want the voice to become louder and apply pressure on those who can make a sustainable difference,” Coxson said.
Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of WPCA, has promised that the Association will endeavour to approach schools in the City to host some of the cricket matches on the Cape Flats that could not be played on the flats due to violence.
Through the intervention of Clinton du Preez, director of amateur cricket , WPCA has trained 25 educators from seven schools earlier in 2017 over three sessions to score and manage intra- and inter-schools cricket games.
A mini cricket-festival – to be coordinated by Mark Khoabane – involving boys and girls from seven schools - is planned for the first week of November 2017.
September said at the Newlands meeting on Monday 30th October they started the taking-back-our-children-campaign because gangs were recruiting children at younger age than ever before – in the age group 9 to 14.
When they approached government about it, they were told they should not concern themselves as civic society with those kids, as it was the responsibility of the department of social development.
When they engaged with the warlords, these gang leaders told them they offered more discipline to the children than the parents.
There is a deep evilness in the gang involvement. In some cases, gang members would impregnate ten women, and lay claim to the children as future members of that particular gang.
September warned that civic society is failing the children if they don’t stand up and do something.
“Legislation is protecting gangs to do with our children what they want to,” she added.
The children coming from schools in the afternoons, have no resources, as bureaucratic attitudes result in halls and other facilities being closed early in the afternoon so that access to recreational facilities are limited.
The women are fighting at many fronts to address the attack on masculinity and identity.
They also had an electricity campaign to support women who struggle to have bread money and electricity.
The League has also introduced programs for women and children to strengthen their life-skills as these skills in schools are no longer as good as it used to be. She said you often see that women at age 25 have five or six children, which is alarming indeed.
Linda Petersen said the League is active in working to address the use of drugs amongst young people where children are dropping out of school.
“We are the majority and we will be the eventual winners. We want to take Manenberg forward. We are meeting on the greens every Wednesday and we have an attitude that your child is our child and we want to uplift them,” Petersen added.
“We also teach children and mothers to dance. There is hope, but it depends on us as mothers,” she added.
Firoza Alexander says the League has Saturday meetings aimed to empower women and children with knitting classes and making dishes.
“We want our children and our roads back. We are teaching our children and our parents’ good order and discipline. We are standing up against the gangs,” the League member said.