Drugs lead to Zamampilo looting and death

kateEarly indications are that the shooting incident that occurred last night opposite the Zamampilo settlement in the Langlaagte policing area, was drug related.

Two South Africans were allegedly shot dead by a Somalian shopkeeper while stripping the shop of all metal, presumably to sell for scrap.

Community members say the two appeared to be high on drugs, probably nyaope.

This highlights the seriousness of the drug problem in the Ward 68 area and is the reason why the Democratic Alliance conducted a march against crime to the Langlaagte Police Station on Saturday.

We delivered a memorandum and a petition signed by the community, calling primarily for the re-introduction of the narcotics and organised crime units and calling for strict action to be taken against police officers who are in cahoots with the drug dealers.

Click here to view the memorandum.

It is important too that the SAPS act on information given to them by the community regarding the whereabouts of drug dealers and regarding the manner in which they operate.

Good intelligence is the only way to combat the scourge of drugs and ensure the arrest and conviction of the drug distributors.

It is imperative that drugs become a high priority issue for the SAPS in Gauteng, and I look forward to the Gauteng Police Commissioner, Lesetja Mothiba, showing us the plan to deal with the issue in the Langlaagte policing area.

Media enquiries:
Kate Lorimer MPL
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Community Safety
083 642 2727