Remembering the fallen angels of Ocean View

Six-month-old baby Zhania Woodward who was shot dead, is one of the children who will be remembered at the function on Saturday.

All the fallen angels – the children of Ocean View killed in crossfire or gang and drug related shootings – will be remembered this Saturday October 28.

Baby Zhania’s mom, Cindy Woodward has organised an event in Carnation Road where Zhania’s shrine is, in memory of her own, and every child killed.

The shrine marks the place that her baby, only six months old at the time, was shot on Friday December 30 last year. Cindy has, since that day, been outspoken about Ocean View being rife with drugs and gangs fighting for turf.

Cindy has said she lost her world when her baby was taken from her, and she has nothing to lose anymore by speaking the truth about the violence and heartache the area is steeped in. This Saturday she says, is about the community. “We will be having an event in honour of all our fallen angels in the community of Ocean View. We are going to honour all our little angels on this day.

“We are doing this to create awareness. We want people to hear, and know, that lives on the Cape Flats matter,” she says.

There will be balloons released, songs dedicated to the tiny angels lost to bullets and gang rites, as well as food, cake, cool drinks and party packs to be handed out to the children attending. “We are also appealing to the community to support families suffering through court cases, facing their children’s murderers. Justice is what we want, life without parole!”

Cindy is putting together the afternoon function, which starts at 1pm and finishes at 6pm, in partnership with local organisations and groups such as Breaking Barriers, Protect our Children, Kids are Kids and the Mitchell’s Plain Crisis Forum.

“We invite each and every person in the surrounding communities to please come and support us on this day; in memory of all our fallen angels,” she said.