North West restores peace and stability in gang-rife Kanana township

Mahumapelo leads efforts to restore peace and stability in gang-rife Kanana township, Orkney

The North West Provincial Government will in its collaborative effort to bring to an end violent crimes and gangsterism in Kanana township, Orkney, roll out a restorative justice initiative through the province's Reconciliation, Healing and Renewal (RHR) programme. The initiative will be rolled out on Monday, 12 December at Kanana township.

This township became notorious a few years ago for its rise in gang fights which have led to terrorisation and brutal killings of residents, rapes and vandalism of properties.

Led by Premier of the North West Province, Supra Mahumapelo, the restorative justice initiative will see the Provincial Government in working together with the Matlosana Local Municipality, Religious leaders, Traditional healers and the two Non-Profit Organisations, Kanana Academic Socio-Enterprise Development Forum (KASEDF) and Restoring Youth Dignity, bringing the perpetrators and victims of gang crimes together, in an act of forgiveness and reconciliation.

To enable affected parties to play a part in this reconciliation journey, the Matlosana Local Municipality will help gang members to participate in the renovation of houses they have vandalised. The Premier will as part of the day's programme, hand-over one of these renovated houses before visiting some of the victims' families.

Premier Mahumapelo will also pronounce the provincial government's immediate intervention programmes aimed at addressing youth unemployment in this township, which include amongst others the establishment of youth co-operatives and learnership opportunities.

The Reconciliation, Healing and Renewal programme is one of the five concretes the fifth administration has resolved to promote among the people of the North West Province, this in its effort to advance some of the government's priority outcomes of social protection, a long and healthy life for all, nation building and social cohesion.

Source: Government of South Africa