Will death of child be a catalyst?

2016-06-01 06:00

Cebolethu Ngcobo, a child of the street (and not a street child), was killed in a shooting incident in the city. Cebolethu’s mother, Nonhlanhla Ngcobo, immediately came forth, rightfully expressing her ire at the loss of her son, simultaneously voicing the challenges she faced to get her child off the street.

Not so long ago, the Msunduzi municipality and SAPS passed the buck, both refusing to address the issue of children of the street. Many of these children work as car guards in the city and the Raisethorpe business area to feed their drug habits.

It is sad that the former uMgungundlovu cluster commander Major General Lucas Ngobeni, who spearheaded the district drug plan, did not identify with children of the street and drugs - the most common being whoonga and Bron-cleer cough mixture.

On the other hand, Msunduzi remains a pathetic to the problems in the streets. SAPS are embroiled in internal sagas and careerism while preoccupied with corruption and paid parking.

The powers that be that can affect change have lost direction and lack the capacity and vision to strive towards making Msunduzi the city of choice.

Will the tragic death of Cebolethu Ngcobo be the much-needed catalyst to address the plight of the children of the street and the drug problem?

jay jugwanth Northdale

A child of the street (and not a street child), was killed in a shooting incident in the city

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