Drugs claim lives of two near Ashdown

2016-04-13 06:00
   Two people have died from drug abuse in Gomorrah, an area near      Ashdown.  PHOTO: supplied

Two people have died from drug abuse in Gomorrah, an area near Ashdown. PHOTO: supplied

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DRUGS have claimed lives of two people who reside in Gomorrah near Ashdown.

Residents claim the deceased had taken the deadly drug called Mercedes, which recently claimed lives of seven KwaMashu residents and left more than 57 in hospital.

One of the deceased is believed to be 19 and the other is 30-year-old Nkosingiphile “Ace” Madlala.

Madlala took his last breath at 3am on Monday at the Edendale Hospital while waiting for medical attention.

Zibuyile stayed in Gomorrah with her brother Nkosingiphile. He was the youngest of his siblings.

“The signs showed that he was using drugs. On Sunday he had gone out to visit his friends. They called me at around 12am on Sunday and said that I should come and fetch him because he was hallucinating and had become unruly. I fetched him and when we arrived at home he started bleeding from his nose and his tongue changed colour. He screamed saying that there were people who were attacking him. He also complained of a severe tummy ache.

“He clenched his jaws, took his clothes off and said he was overheating. One of my neighbours helped me with their car to transport him to Edendale Hospital. While we were waiting to fill in admission forms, he passed on,” said Zibuyile.

She said that if everything goes according to plan, Nkosingiphile will be buried this coming weekend.

“He was a quiet person and loved joking around after having his drink. He was respectful and I will miss him,” recalled Zibuyile before she continued saying that the area is inflicted with a cocktail of drugs with street names such as Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Lacoste and Umbrella.

“Drug abuse is high in Gomorrah. After people have taken drugs they hallucinate and they take their clothes off. The community needs to come together to fight drug abuse and put a stop to the drug dens,” she urged.

Nkosingiphile was a third victim of drug abuse in his community.

Ward 23 councillor, Dumisani Phungula said that just recently a 14-year-old pupil was admitted to hospital after taking Mercedes.

“These are all separate incidents. I have spoken to grieving families and there is a need to fight drug abuse in the area. We can only do that by identifying people who sell drugs in the community. Those people are well known and through partnership between the community and the police we can fight this,” said Phungula.

He added that drug sellers target shebeens, taverns and schools as distribution points for the merchandise.

“This is where they sell drugs. They sell drugs where there is a lot of youth. This is a big concern for our ward.

“There is a high rate of drug abuse and drug dealing in ward 23. We are far from ending this war. This does not only affect ward 23 but the whole city.

“This problem is beyond us. It needs a radical approach. We want to see the drug dealers arrested and sentenced,” said Phungula.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese said one case of inquest was reported three weeks ago of a young female who died at Imbali Stage 3 and was from Gomorrah.

He said he was later told by Councillor Phungula that another youngster had died.

“As we speak I’m in the stakeholders’ meeting called by the Cluster Commander Major General Ngobese, NGOs, CBOs. Business Against Crime, station commanders, Hawks, Youth Desk and CPF, all departments, district and local municipalities, councillors and amakhosi,” he said adding that all met for a dialogue against subtance abuse.

“...we will arrest the culprits shortly, he said.

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