‘Drug den’ shack broken down

2016-02-23 06:00

Members of Sheraton Park Neighbourhood Watch have put an end to a troublesome shack.

The shack, located behind the southern end of the Steenberg train station and Frogmere Estate in the Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve, was used for all illegal activities.

The shack was destroyed last week.

It is alleged that the shack was built by two people who used it for drug dealing, smoking drugs, drinking, burning copper and hiding stolen goods.

The house was also allegedly used to perpetrate other crimes like house breaking and robbing people coming from the station.

Swift responseThe neighbourhood watch says they are very grateful for the swift response of the reserve’s management, who pulled the structure down.

The shack has been standing there for couple of months, but it was noticed by the neighbourhood watch towards the end of last year. They had it noted down as a hotspot as people were robbed going past it and there were apparently illegal activities going on.

Had enoughBeatrice Twigg of the neighbourhood watch says they couldn’t take it anymore.

“They would sit there and do all sorts of wrong things. That was destroying our community, especially our children who will end up buying their drugs. Drugs were the main problem and that was affecting our children a lot. We had to put an end to it.

“We are really thankful to the reserve management who prioritised the issue and acted immediately. That was a nice thing to do and we applaud them for jumping at our call,” she says.

Though the problematic structure is down, Twigg says they will continue to monitor the area.

“It’s a hotspot, so we will keep our eyes on it. We will not leave anything to chance because a lot has happened there. Our children have been robbed and we will really keep a close eye on that area. We will also continue to patrol and make sure that we leave nothing to chance.”

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