Drug dealing and prostitution on vacant Waterfall land

2016-11-22 06:00
The littered vacant land.  Photo: kalisha naicker

The littered vacant land. Photo: kalisha naicker

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BUSINESS owners and residents are up in arms about the increase of people selling drugs and illegally occupying what they say is privately owned land along Link Road in Waterfall.

Steven King, the founder of SA Community Crime Watch and Waterfall Crime Watch, which has been actively reducing crime in the area, said the problem had existed for a few months now.

“The property they are occupying is privately owned. We did some investigation and was told that it is owned by Metro, however, these investigations just keep leading to dead ends.

“Our crime organisations host regular­ patrols due to the huge number of people loitering at the spot.”

King said that the area is an eyesore.
“The area is a hazard. Drug dealing occurs daily, prostitution is rife and the loiterers hang out on the vacant land and litter on it.

“We are also afraid that some of these loiterers will eventually resort to serious and petty crime as they can use the vacant lot as a hideout.”

He said that on numerous occasions they have recovered drugs on this piece of plot ranging from dagga to mandrax as well as stripped cable and stolen property.

A neighbour, who did not want to be named because she feared for her safety, said she has complained about the situation for many months.

“Whenever I see prostitutes on the premises I call the police. It is so frustrating as they sometimes even have sex in public.

“We also find drug wrappings and used condoms strewn on the ground.

“I constantly call the police complaining about the situation. At times these people are removed, but they soon return,” she said.

King and the resident called on the property owner to fence it off, remove the overgrown bush and clear the land making it safer for everyone.

“Although police and crime watch groups are doing all they can to combat the problem, this is private property and we need the owner to take onus about the problem at hand.

“If we work together we can remove this criminal element from our community,” added King.

“We just want our community to be a safe haven for all residents.”

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