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Krugersdorp at war against drugs

Communities in Krugersdorp have had enough of the drug trade, human trafficking and foreign nationals in their midst and have therefore taken to vigilantism. This has been a long time coming, says Amanda de Lange, FF Plus councillor in Mogale City (Krugersdorp).

De Lange adds that all the relevant authorities, including the local, provincial and national police as well as the Mogale City Local Municipality, were alerted to the escalating drug problem as long as a decade ago when she was the Chairperson of the Krugersdorp Community Policing Forum.

At midday on Monday, two police stations had been burned down as well as a number of houses in the Krugersdorp CBD. Numerous police, emergency and privately-owned vehicles were also torched. Protestors were clearly targeting foreign nationals and the local police.

According to De Lange, Krugersdorp is widely known as the drug hub of Gauteng. The community decided to take the law into their own hands after the kidnapping of a young girl, who was later found in one of the drug dens allegedly run by foreign nationals.

Protestors confirmed on video that they had requested urgent police intervention in November last year already during a meeting that they had with the local police, but apparently nothing came of it. There are also rumours that some of the police members and other local government officials are benefiting from drug deals and are thus being bribed by the drug dealers to turn a blind eye.

De Lange says that this problem will not simply disappear. The residents are sick and tired of local government tolerating corruption at the expense of the community and says that the blame for the protest rests squarely on the shoulders of local authorities. If the authorities do not respond to the call of the community, anarchy is inevitable.

High-level investigations must be launched to identify and call to account the police members and local municipality officials that are connected to drug dealers and trafficking. It is evident that residents no longer have faith in the local authorities and are therefore prepared to take the law into their own hands. The message is clear: “do your job or we’ll do it for you”.

The FF Plus does not condone these actions at all, but has understanding for the resident’s frustrations. The local authorities are to blame for the actions taken by the community. “It is heart breaking that innocent residents and businesses are adversely affected by these illegal protest actions.

The FF Plus will do everything in its power to ensure that this matter receives the long overdue attention that it deserves,” confirmed De Lange.

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