On Friday, which was International Child Protection Day, teachers along with the 17 kiddies of Halla’s Day Care took a stand against violence against children.
Armed with their placards, the group walked from Bunney Street to 7th Avenue, singing songs and chanting “Enough is enough” and “stop killing us”.
Messages on the placards said: “Stop child abuse”, “We want our Freedom back” and “Justice for All #CrimeMustFall”.
Teacher Zurina Jattiem says they were all shocked by the recent death of little Courtney Pieters of Elsies River, and held their “peace” march because they want government to hear their voices.
“Taking care of children is a wonderful experience, therefore the peace walk was something we hold very dear to our hearts. We made our voiceless children’s voices heard,” says Zurina.
The tiny tots walked from around 10.40am to 12pm and were greeted with cheers and applause from the Kensington community, with drivers in cars and taxis hooting.
The teacher says: “The kids are fully aware of why we were marching because we explained to them about the situation happening to the kids right now.”
Three-year-old Courtney was kidnapped, raped and killed, allegedly by the family’s boarder, Mortimer Saunders, 40, earlier this month.
Zurina says generous shop owners donated food and drinks to the littler marchers as they passed by.
“The local spaza shop gave them cooldrink and the take-away food shop gave each child a chiproll, which we were so grateful for,” she says.