Diepsloot residents protest over drug abuse

Johannesburg - Residents in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg, protested over drug abuse in the area on Wednesday evening, Gauteng police said.

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"Eight scrap metal and gold and diamond exchange outlets were damaged by the community. These operated from the local residential yards," said spokesperson Warrant Officer Daniel Mavimbela.

Around 200 people had marched to the police station earlier and handed over an alleged drug dealer.

The residents then attempted to barricade William Nicol Drive, but police managed to contain the situation.

Mavimbela said the residents suspected that the outlets contributed to the scourge of substance abuse.

"Though law enforcement agencies close down these illegal outlets on a continuous basis, some re-emerge within the area."

"Police are appealing to the community to report incidents of crime and discourage illegal operations," he said.

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Nin Ja Kitty 2014-08-14 07:38:58 AM
Right, so that leaves us with what to protest about? illegal connections, corruption, fraud, murder, child abuse, animal abuse, etolls, rape, theft. It is high time that the government took action and did something about the shambles it has managed to get this country into, instead of lining their own pockets. Poverty breeds all these ills. Getting rid of drugs is a difficult one, but it would be a start.
Eugene Sanderson 2014-08-14 08:06:54 AM
"Eight scrap metal and gold and diamond exchange outlets were damaged by the community" They will protest about any nonsense just to use it as cover to steal and loot stores -African logic
Edward Moropa 2014-08-14 08:32:34 AM
The SAPS they are the ones dealing with drug dealers in our communities,Reporting this drug dealers to the police is just a waist of time.
Anthony France 2014-08-14 08:36:08 AM
Bring back the death penalty for serious crimes like drug dealing, rape and murder. People generally take the law into their own hands when they don't trust the justice system.
Johan Nothnagel 2014-08-14 08:58:05 AM
The residents once again doing SAPS jobs........why are we (residents) still paying their salaries ?
Bertus Pretorius 2014-08-14 08:59:05 AM
Yes! Burn down your clinics, libraries, schools! Because that will solve the problem! Leave these idiots alone. Focus on busting the drug lords. But leave the fools to burn and destroy.
Arthur Harding 2014-08-14 09:36:57 AM
I am really starting to get tired of this. These people should be at work but instead their prostesting I think they lie awake at night dreaming up excuses to protest about. How the hell does are our business suppose to survive when the citizens are permanently causing chaos????????? No wonder we have to give foreigners work permits because our own people are to "sleg" to do the jobs they just want to protest and recieve
Jenny Anderson 2014-08-14 01:34:13 PM
anc does not want to take action, they scared of loosing votes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Its all about votes.Let us carry on killing,raping, stealing, striking,etc and we will continue to vote for you anc
Albert Martin 2014-08-14 05:37:31 PM
Arthur that businesses bought the stolen goods for cash to buy drugs... do you understand now... scrapyard buy the pot and pans .... gold n diamond exchange buy the stolen jewelery