MP: Kick druglords out of council homes

2012-08-21 22:18

Cape Town - Gangsters and drug dealers should be booted out of houses owned by the Cape Town city council, Parliament's portfolio committee on police heard on Tuesday.

"Kick them out of council houses," the committee's acting chairperson Annelize van Wyk said.

"There's a law that says you're not allowed to use city council houses to run businesses," Van Wyk said.

MPs were briefed by the Western Cape police commissioner, Arno Lamoer, and the secretary of police, Jenni Irish-Qhobosheane.

Briefing MPs on the Cape gang situation, they called on local government and provincial and national government departments to play their part.

"Some gangs see themselves as an alternative to local government," Irish-Qhobosheane said.

Van Wyk said she would like to see more co-ordination between different departments and levels of government.

"It doesn't help the different levels of government to argue about these problems. They must come to us as lawmakers with these problems, so if needs be we should look at law changes, so we can win the fight against gangsterism," she said.

The City of Cape Town previously complained that it took time to evict suspected criminals from council homes.

  • piet.boerie - 2012-08-22 05:45

    There is only a small issue here. What dealer of note lives in a council home??? It is a billion dollar industry where most product comes via sea containers or planes that land on private airstrips. The main issue os South Africa has become a major drug trafficking conduit with the help of certain high level corrupt anc leaders. There even has been a certain Nigerain drug lord in Parliment plying his trade.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-08-22 06:20

    This was mentioned some time ago. Why is it not done yet and the "druglords" arrested?

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-08-22 08:38

    First deal with the new SA laws that make it impossible to get rid of people on your land or from your property.

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-08-22 09:02

    Nevermind that running a business from a council house is illegal. Dealing in drugs is illegal. WTF are we worried about where these killers live, they should be in jail. Clearly the police know who these drug lords are, so arrest the idiots so they can stop poisoning our communities.

  • ally.oh.7 - 2012-08-22 09:48

    "it took time to evict suspected criminals" Really? All it takes is a small well-organised team to go in and toss them and their belongings out. And as for evidence: a small surveillance team that takes photographs of deals, a sting or two to establish who is dealing, statements from the neighbours and that is all the evidence that's needed. Perhaps what's really needed is the will to do the job effectively and decisively.

  • thereevos - 2012-08-22 10:36

    Death penalty just like east Asia

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