Saturday, April 28, 2007

Resident's fight against drug dealers

By Tando Mfengwana
28 April 2007


Mitchells Plain residents have joined police in combating drug dealing in the area. In past weeks residents have marched to tik dealers homes and demanded they stop dealing in drugs.

A daily newspaper reports that in Woodlands, two dealers promised to stop peddling, while the owner of another house threw out tenants he said were using the house for illegal doings.

Mitchells Plain police commissioner Jeremy Vearey said there has been an increase in crime awareness in the township, since he took charge a month ago.

Residents confront drug dealers and police disclose the addresses of homes where police have seized drugs.

Vearey says that recent media reports about the name and shame campaign gave the wrong impression and that people were being branded.

He said that the campaign was about visible policing and that there has not being a single act of vigilantism.

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