The Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) hosted a tournament at Monwabisi Park section commemorating Heritage day. Monwabisi Park football association, Sanco and Ward Development Forum (WDF) joined VPUU in making the tournament a success. Monwabisi Park section is well-known for its crime activities that occurs within the community and VPUU is attempting to eradicate that through the inception of this tournament.
The aim of the tournament is to involve and recruit children who are still participating heavily in criminal activities that occurs in this area. VPUU was incepted in 2005 with a bid to prevent violence and bettering the lives of the disadvntaged people of Khayelitsha. The aim of the organisation is to upgrade neighbourhood facilities and develop impoverished communities within Khayelitsha.
Zandile Mahlasela VPUU community facilitator said:“the tournament was formally launched last year with only four soccer teams on board, funded by development funds from VPUU”. It is a jubilant moment for me to say that we have increased the number of teams from four teams into 16 teams, that took part in this year tournament, said Mahlasela. The tournament commenced last week Saturday and the finals took place on Heritage day as a commemoration of the day.
The organisers have decided to make this an annual event and it will be hosted on Heritage day. Ncebakazi Magida, a resident in Monwabisi Park, said: “I feel grateful that VPUU is trying to combat crime activities in our area as it affects innocent people and we can’t send our children to shops as their safety is not guaranteed at times”. It is said that the field, which held the tournament was a crime hotspot in this area. The area was full of bushes, which made it easy for criminals to execute their evil acts.
Thanks to VPUU for giving a new identity to a former crime hotspot into a community sports field. Mcedisi Mbilini spoke on behalf of Monwabisi Park football association, he said: “It is vital to have tournaments like these as it brings the communty together and it instills a sense of tolerence within the communty. We have started a football association here in Monwabisi Park targeting teams that are not part of any associaton and we want to get rid of crime activities completely,” said Mbilini.