Friday, November 08, 2013

Mitchells Plain and Guy Fawkes night

We had an executive meeting planned for the 5th of November at our church in Eastridge, Mitchells Plain. I received a call in the morning asking if we could please postpone it - tonight there were Guy Fawkes celebrations and they wouldn't feel safe being out or in the church.

It is the first time I've been asked to cancel a meeting for reasons of safety.

The next day I saw the rubber on the road where cars had been performing high speed tricks outside the church. There were pictures in the paper of a car with its windows smashed in Tafelsig.

But where I stay in Westridge, Mitchells Plain, there were only the sounds of fireworks. Lots of them and loud! But no unruliness.

Mitchells Plain is far bigger than people tend to think. Tafelsig is a little corner of Mitchells Plain - the poorest corner and where people do hear gun shots. But most of Mitchells Plain is calm and respectable.

I worry a little that what we find in Tafelsig is creeping up to Eastridge, but I also know that the rest of Mitchells Plain will push back.

It would be nice if the outside world didn't see what happens in Tafelsig as if it is happening in the whole of Mitchells Plain! There is hope in this community. Just give us a chance.


Steve Hayes said...

Interesting to see how culture varies from one part of the country to another. Where we live there were no fireworks at all, but we do hear them at New Year.

Jenny Hillebrand said...

We will get them at New Year as well, but another feature will be brass bands at all hours of the night through December!