Kate Lorimer MPL
Spokesperson on Community Safety
The DA in Gauteng challenges Premier Nomvula Mokonyane to back our demands for the return of specialised anti-drug units in the police to support the war on drugs in the province.
The reported murder of a senior Gauteng police officer near Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, believed to be tied to the fight against drugs in that community, underscores the urgent need for more than just lip service.
This is coupled with a shocking report in The Star this morning outlining the scourge of drug abuse and drug-related crimes in Johannesburg and the Vaal area.
Mokonyane recently woke up to the devastating extent of Gauteng’s drug problem after neglecting the issue for four years of her term despite repeated calls to action by the DA.
Mere visits and lip-service to Eldorado Park and other communities ravaged by drug abuse needs to be backed up by concrete action.
If the newly reinvented Mama Action Mokonyane is to truly turn the tide in the war on drugs her government must join the DA in championing the reinstatement of the Narcotics Bureau and anti-gang units.
It is increasingly clear that dedicated, specialised units within the police are necessary to co-ordinate an integrated response to drug-related crimes. Mokonyane must also support our call for the establishment of an anti-drug unit specialising in anti-drug patrolling and investigations.
We cannot allow drug and substance abuse to continue tearing families and communities across Tshwane and Gauteng apart.