Hendrika Kruger MPL
Spokesperson on Social Development
The DA in Gauteng will request an explanation from both the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and provincial police on allegations that they are not fighting the scourge of Nyaope.
A report in the Sowetan this morning accuses the police and prosecutors of complicity in the drug problem affecting communities across Gauteng.
I will request an explanation from the North Gauteng Director of Public Prosecutions Adv Mzinyathi regarding reported claims that prosecutors struggle to prosecute nyaope cases because “it is not classified as a drug”.
The DA believes that reasonable grounds for prosecution of nyaope possession, dealing and manufacture exist within the scope of the Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act (No 140 of 1992).
While the composition of nyaope differs, the schedules of the act do cover the contents of the drug cocktail, which often contains dagga (cannabis), heroin or even a mixture of heroin and crystal meth.
The NPA must explain whether their interpretation of the Act is at odds with this and why this is the case that the DA may pursue amendments to the legislation in Parliament.
I will also write to Provincial Police Commissioner Mzwandile Petros requesting an investigation into the serious allegations that police prevent arrests of nyaope dealers in parts of the province because they are in league with them.
Nyaope poses a serious threat to the people and communities of Gauteng, a province in which 25 949 drug-related crimes were recorded last year.
We cannot afford a lacklustre approach to dealing with this issue or law enforcement officers who collude with criminals in tearing apart the lives of our people and our communities.
The DA will continue to relentlessly pursue the matter and demand accountability in the war on drugs in Gauteng.