Western Province Cricket Association and Western Cape Cricket has joined hands with the South African Football Association (SAFA) in the campaign to call for a gun-free South Africa. The SAFA president, Danny Jordaan will address the crowd on Sunday in an on-field programme at the Newlands Cricket Ground to kick-start this all-important initiative.
The Nashua Cape Cobras and their Ram Slam T20 Challenge opponents on Sunday, the bizhub Highveld Lions, will wear black armbands to mourn the loss of Samuel and John Serfontein. The two brothers, also members of the Hanover Park Cricket Club, were killed in a senseless act of gun-yielding violence on in November.
A gun-free banner will be raised at the President Suite of the Western Province Cricket Association on Sunday in aid of the initiative by SAFA to campaign for a gun-free society.
Danny Jordaan, president of SAFA, will address the crowd on this occasion.
Norman Arendse, a former president of Cricket South Afriica and current member of the executive of SAFA, André Odendaal, chief executive officer of Western Province Cricket, and Nabeal Dien, general manager of Western Province Cricket, will join Jordaan in support of the initiative.
SAFA and the South African sporting nation is still reeling from the shock following the house-break and murder of the former Bafana Bafana captain, Senzo Meyiwa, on 26th October.
“The President, Beresford Williams, the board, the management and staff of Cricket South Africa, Western Province Cricket Association and Boland Cricket fully support the campaign for a gun-free society initiated by SAFA,” said Dien.
“At Western Province Cricket, we are deeply saddened by the loss of two members of the Western Cape family. We deplore the use of firearms and violence to settle arguments, as this twin scourge has been a factor at the heart of anti-social behaviour in South African society,” said Dien.
“We call on all South African sport fans and members of society to join SAFA and the Nashua Cape Cobras in committing themselves to peace and a gun-free society.”