IN the aftermath of a series of shocking events, hundreds of Nelson Mandela Bay residents are expected to gather at the Donkin Reserve in Port Elizabeth on Freedom Day to participate in a “Heal our Metro” event aimed at building unity.
The event, which starts at 3pm on Monday, is directed at those who would like to pay their respects to the teacher and farmer who were murdered, as well as other victims of violence in the metro.
DA councillor Dean Biddulph, who is one of the organisers, said the event was also being hosted to bring people together in the wake of events such as the xenophobic attacks and issues like load-shedding, which had altered the national mood.
Participants are encouraged to wear something red or green to show their support and to bring an apple. The apples will be collected and donated to charity.
“Judging by social media, there is a lot of anger and frustration out there right now,” Biddulph said.
“And it is anger about a lot of things, crime in general, the murders which have rocked this city, the xenophobic attacks, and all the other problems people are struggling with.
“This event is aimed at bringing unity among us back; we would like to get back to that place where we were post the 1994 elections.”
The event was strictly a non-political gathering.
Biddulph said more than a thousand people had indicated they would be attending.
Among the guest speakers are municipal spokesman Roland Williams, religious leaders and prominent radio personalities.
The event will also feature at least three music artists who have volunteered to perform.