Councillor busts drug ring

2010-12-30 00:00

ENRAGED by the murder of his relative, a Pietermaritzburg councillor stormed into a house in Sweetwaters and caught three men in possession of Mandrax, and handed them over to police yesterday evening.

Msunduzi councillor Sibusiso Ntuli and a group of eight people raided the house on Tuesday night after his cousin, Sanele Mtshahe (22), was stabbed to death on Christmas morning.

Mtshahe, who is from Mpophomeni outside Howick, was found with a stab wound to his chest outside Ntuli’s homestead at about 10 am. He later died at Edendale Hospital. He was visiting the Ntulis for the Christmas holidays.

As the family was preparing for Mtshahe’s funeral, Ntuli, a councillor known for crime busting in his Ward 2 in Sweetwaters, called a meeting to discuss the high rate of crime in the area.

“Community members told us about this homestead where drugs are being sold. They said whoonga, Mandrax and dagga were available at that house.

“I assembled eight people and went to the homestead. Before we got there we sent a young man to go and buy one tablet, and when he returned with it we then proceeded to the house.

“We got the three men who first denied having drugs. After some interrogation they admitted that they had drugs in the house. They said they buy them in town from a woman who lives in Smero,” said Ntuli.

“There are lots of criminal activities in this area which are caused by drugs such as boss [Mandrax], whoonga and dagga.

“We are going to continue raiding the area to get rid of drug pushers. We also want to find the people who supply them with the drugs,” said Ntuli.

Ntuli said that on December 18 a man from France near Imbali was killed while visiting his area.

“A woman was raped and killed in her house in the early hours of December 16. A hammer and a bush knife were found next to her body.

“There have been many other incidents of serious crimes in this area, including robberies, which are happening almost every day,” said Ntuli, who is an Inkatha Freedom Party councillor.

He said police have informed him that Sweetwaters is one of the areas under police surveillance as a result of its alarming crime rate.

Thamsanqa Sokhela, a community development member in the area, said most local drug dealers are young men who are being used by older people.

“We want to get those adults so that they stop supplying drugs to this area,” said Sokhela.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said police are still searching for the men suspected of the murder of Ntuli’s cousin.

She said the Mandrax that was confiscated in Sweetwaters has a street value of R250.

“The three men, who are 29, 19 and 18 years old, have been charged with being in possession of Mandrax and will appear in court shortly.”

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