Activism led to drug bust, says Mkhize

2013-01-11 00:00

PREMIER Zweli Mkhize yesterday saluted the Chatsworth community for its activism and resolve in fighting the scourge of crime and drugs that has engulfed the area.

The activism has led to several breakthroughs, including the arrest of suspected drug kingpin Yeganathan Pillay (also known as Teddy Mafia) and his son earlier this week. His wife was arrested in December.

They were found with drugs with a combined value of over R5 million, with about R100 000 in cash and guns.

Addressing residents yesterday, Mkhize said the arrests came after the community had responded to a challenge by a newspaper to furnish it with the names of suspected drug dealers and peddlers.

The names were given to authorities, including Mkhize and Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu.

“We have asked the police to investigate how he [Pillay] has managed to evade arrest for such a long time since he has long been suspected of underhanded activities.”

Mkhize said the provincial government was informed of drugs, crime and prostitution problems that had engulfed Chatsworth about four months ago, and they set about forming a task team to deal with the matter.

“We were inundated with heart-wrenching stories about how this society — respected for its strong moral and religious values — was falling apart at the hands of well-known drug dealers …

“We heard how parents had grown to live in fear of their own children, who would do anything to satisfy their craving for a multiplicity of drug concoctions.

“Levels of prostitution were soaring and violent criminals virtually owned our streets.”

From that response, a task team was able to start dealing actively with the drug kingpins.

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