Concern over drug peddling in eSikhaleni

ESIKHALENI residents believe tuck shops owned by foreign nationals mushrooming all over the township are not just selling household goods, but is operating as distribution points for drugs.

Speaking to the Zululand Observer this week, many residents said they have witnessed drug peddling in local shops.

‘People buy drugs along with their bread and milk,’ said a prominent leader.

Residents believe the easy access to drugs is the main source for the escalating crime wave affecting the area.

‘Drugs like whoonga, dagga and mandrax are being sold everywhere in eSikhaleni and the community is aware about it. We are scared for our children; even sending them to the shops is now a frightening thing because we don’t know what they will meet there.’

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A former Community Policing Forum (CPF) leader Muzobanzi Ntuli confirmed many such incidents have been reported to them, however ‘authorities have turned a blind eye’.

He said drug peddling has spiralled out of control and the community needs to come together and fight the scourge.

‘Places like Depo area and eMadukwini are known for drugs. At one stage a policeman was shot dead while investigating this matter,’ he said.

However, according to eSikhawini CPF Chairperson Msizi Mthembu, these are still only allegations which have not been proven and no one has been arrested for drug peddling.

eSikhawini SAPS spokesperson, Capt Thembinkosi Mkhumane, also said residents have not reported any incidents to the police.

‘Police always conduct surprise visits and we haven’t had anything coming out from those raids. We plead with the community to report any criminal activities to the police and they will be investigated,’ he said.


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