Missing teen sheds light on 'lolly lounges'

2012-05-21 14:17

Johannesburg - The search for missing 16-year-old Beranice Links has revealed a "Pandora’s box" of missing children in coloured townships in Gauteng, IOL reported on Monday.

Young girls were lured into prostitution and drug abuse into houses called “lolly lounges” - named after the glass pipe shaped like a lollipop used to smoke substances such as tik.

The houses are used as drug hubs by criminals and gangsters.

A local organisation was reportedly looking for Links, a pupil at Westbury High School, who went missing on her way to school on 7 May.
Fazil Carrim, a former drug addict who used to frequent lolly lounges and the founder of The Organisation, said these places are in the open, right under our noses.

Four lolly lounges have been closed down and 12 of 14 missing girls rescued, Carrim said.

He said children went into the lounges of their own free will and that the youngest person rescued was 12.

Lolly lounges were more common in Cape Town, but Gauteng was starting to catch up, he said.

Three days has been the longest time taken for The Organisation to find a missing child. Links has been missing for two weeks.

“Beranice is a quiet child and she wouldn’t just run away," Links' mother said.

  • clinton.badenhorst - 2012-05-21 14:24

    Tik has really become a problem of epidemic proportions for our youth. We need to find and eradicate the sources as soon as possible. These kids would not be prostituting if they were not addicted to drugs. This is horrible!

      Squeegee - 2012-05-21 14:30

      This should be far higher up the priority list than Zip-it-up Zuma's display of the family jewels.

      monkinsane - 2012-05-21 14:38

      Unfortunately, as long as there is a demand for it, there will always be a supplier. You take down one - another will take its place. You would need to curb the demand for the drug trade to die off, which would be a extremely hard thing to do.

      Martin - 2012-05-21 16:10

      Monkinsane, you are 100% right in both statements. Demand will never stop, humans have been getting wasted since the beginning of time, sad but true.

      Oneant - 2012-05-21 21:37

      The "sources" of Tik can be bought at Pick n Pay or Checkers. That's the problem.

      Rainbow - 2012-05-22 09:12

      The goverment can start by getting rid of foreigners like Nigerians.

      Brad - 2012-05-22 10:05

      @ Pythagoras, Why haven't we got an extremely dedicated and efficient force to take on these scum-bag drug dealers and pimps? Why in the world did the government disband SANAB and not bring in something in its place? Drug dealers shouldn't be caught, they should be shot! We don't have the skill set to deal with the problem of drugs any more!

      blackjew69 - 2012-05-22 14:41

      @ pythagoras theorem, tik and all other drugs are actually root cause of most of these henious crimes being committed. getting rid of them is the way out. No wonder some countries hang drug mules out there. @ Rainbownation - Please keep your zenophobic comments to your self. drug dealers are from everywhere. If southafricans, wanted oto get rid of drugs , they could have done it long ago. At airports and border gates, its southafricans allowing the flow of drugs in this countries, southafricans in the case of drug mules , SAA employees, when they land, its southafricans in the form of customs who get paid millions to look away, on the streets, its us southafricans that know so ans os at house number 18whatever street, sells drugs,a nd we keep quiete, its us southafricans in the form of policemen , who get paid and ACCEPT cash, that dont arrest these drug dealers, who happen not always be nigerians, There isnt any nigerians in soweto, pimville, eldos, etc, tembisa etc, its our own brothers, sisters selling the drugs to us and our children. In short, be careful when you speak, "connect your tongue to you brain before you speak"

  • Mfanafuthi - 2012-05-21 14:32

    Blame the ANC gov again as usual, bad parenting in Cape Town and Northern surburs of JHB

      monkinsane - 2012-05-21 14:40

      LOL - here we go - the first troll has struck. Who is in charge of the police - of course it is their fault.

      Repline - 2012-05-21 14:42

      I dont think it's a question of blaming the Gov for the Girl going missing. However it there is a reluctance from the GOV in making sure that these "institutions" are hunted down and closed down asap. The GOV will always be accountable to the people on everything that goes wrong and right. The question is does the good outweigh the bad? That is for each person to decide for him/herself. As far as the girl goes, I hope she is allright.

      Kobus - 2012-05-21 14:45

      Who abolishes the narcotic bureau of the Police? Mr Selebi and his mates=ANC government

      monkinsane - 2012-05-21 14:46

      And FYI Mfanafuthi - Yes, bad parenting might play a part here, but the government could do more to curb the flow of narcotics into the country, instead of focusing on mediocre crap like some stupid painting.

      Murechen - 2012-05-21 14:52

      Blame the parents and the community. People know who the drug dealers are, they watch those houses, they see the cops and young people entering and leaving those houses, but do nothing about it because they dont see thier own kids entering and leaving those houses. If more people stood up to the dealers the minute you think that something funny is going on at at house, we wouldn't be hearing stories like these. It would stop the trade but at least parents would not be allowing the dealers to get easy access to thier children.

      eil33nn - 2012-05-21 14:52

      How can you blame bad parenting on a child that went missing? Human traffican is alive and well and is sickening!

      Liesbet - 2012-05-21 15:05

      @ MonkInsane.... agree, Troll Alert for this one! Not even worth commenting on...

      Sharon - 2012-05-21 16:03

      mfanafuthi,the next time a small child gets raped in the black township you will eat your words or will you blame apartheid

      J-Man - 2012-05-21 17:20

      @ muziwandile.twala & Mfanafuthi - have any of you two "experts" even been to Europe? (Do you even know where and what it is?)

      Jacqui - 2012-05-22 14:11

      Muziwandile, not in the Europe I know.

      enlightened.bowman - 2013-01-05 15:34

      who would you like to blame, Julius Caesar? ANC is the government, that makes it their sqaure responsibility. Interesting ho invariably, Africans have a way of demanding the job, the salary and the perks but you invariably efuse to accept reponsibility. And don't moan, YOU JUST DID IT. When the DA wanted to bring in the army to sort out gansterism, it was YOUR ANC that refused this, and there is nothing anyone can do. ANC is government. finish.

      themba.thwala.775 - 2013-01-05 15:46

      enlightened. bowman, why are you making irresponsible general comments about "Africans"? You should change your name to stupid.retarded european

  • Carla - 2012-05-21 14:41

    So sad. A 12 year old?? Hope they find Beranice soon.

  • westburyext - 2012-05-21 14:48

    Go to Westbury every third house is a lolly lounge police doing nothing about it woman, kids and mothers selling themselve for this drug it is worse than a date rape drug while under the influence they do not know what they doing sleepless in westbury sex for a one pull off a pipe thats like selling themselves for R5 a damn shame where will their kids find dignity

      westburyext - 2012-05-22 12:48

      The Sophiatown police is corrupt a female officer getting out of a drug dealers car gave police various information did not react

      blackjew69 - 2012-05-22 15:27

      @ johnson - Tipoff may also land you 6feet under, with cops getting paid coins by the government , and the daealers splashing thousands to the cops, its a loosing battle for the normal community dweller..

  • bernard.herbert.9 - 2012-05-21 15:10

    And we still get morons making statement that all this "freedom" of expression that has hit South Africa, does not lead to rape... THIS IS THE SAME AS RAPE TO ME, I say put all these whoremogers against a wall!

  • revaro.winkler - 2012-05-21 15:12

    this is just the tip of the iceberg how our people are slowly dying because of race isues and not benefitng from governmant funds that should be benefiting the colord comunitys theres not even soccer/rugby/cricket/hockey opertunitys for my people no more when are we going to be saved by our governmant just because we vote da

      pokum - 2012-05-23 09:56

      i honestly dont think this is about government anymore. they live in fancy houses on the other side of the city boet. this is all up to us now, its up to us to teach our children the value of education, its up to us to protect them from these animals who think they own us. chances are we know who these people are we know where they live, we know who they work with, when and how they do what they do and since the cops dont give a damn we should. these are our kids not the governments and you knw what when the corrupt cops little girl becomes a tik whore that is when he will want to do something about it. for as long its our kids tht are being turned into prostitutes in these places they wont care. so lets protect our own

  • Richard - 2012-05-21 15:23

    And I thought this was another story about Teazers...

  • Pierre - 2012-05-21 15:33

    Has this not got worse with the inlux of Nigerians who are allowed to cross our borders, most who come in illegally? just a question I am asking. Although I have met quite a few decent ones.

      lloyd.tandi - 2012-05-21 19:45

      Wat about the chinese and these other Asians coming in containers.

      Frank - 2012-05-21 23:03

      You keep on blaming Nigerians not knowing that South Africans are big time Drug lords also. They are just small fish around the corners (Nigerians) if u want the real boss try top big shot South Africans, Chinese, Pakistanis and Indians. Nigerians are just small time under dogs who happens to be in the center of all that sh*t cos they hang around the street where u see them. Someday when u guys come to terms with that and start looking at the right direction and focusing on other nationale, things will get alot more better.

      Frank - 2012-05-21 23:03

      You keep on blaming Nigerians not knowing that South Africans are big time Drug lords also. They are just small fish around the corners (Nigerians) if u want the real boss try top big shot South Africans, Chinese, Pakistanis and Indians. Nigerians are just small time under dogs who happens to be in the center of all that sh*t cos they hang around the street where u see them. Someday when u guys come to terms with that and start looking at the right direction and focusing on other nationale, things will get alot more better.

      westburyext - 2012-05-22 13:02

      The nigerians are the ones supplying and thought the South africans how to manufacture and cook the stuff another tipp for Sophia town police go to Western hotel in Main road Newlands

      elize.vankerckhoven - 2012-05-22 13:49

      @Frank believe me I havebeen with a friend of mine walking the streets of Cape Town (specially Long Street) looking for her drug addict son in backpackers and all you find is Nigerians, Nigerians and more Nigerians!!

      Jacqui - 2012-05-22 14:17

      Frank, so small time boys from Nigeria are o.k. then?. But I do agree with you about the big bosses. The only thing is they have big money to pay bribes with.

      pokum - 2012-05-23 10:03

      i have met both sides of the coin when it comes to nigerian people in our country. i have met genuine polite well brought up people who believe in hard work and are god fearing...and then i have met the Nigerian dealer who gives a damn about no one but himself and his pocket, his answer to is he aware of how many lives he is destroying is...ah i dont force them to buy, they buy of their own free will. I have met ppl who treat south african women like whores reason given being...the women here have no self respect and if you cant respect yourself how can you expect the next person to...then there are the one whos hearts turned to stone because of south african gold diggers....just like us these are different people who have been brought up differently so we cant paint them all with the same brush

      blackjew69 - 2012-05-23 10:08

      @ Pierre, who are th epeople letting them in, OTHER nigerians?? Dont think so, Its the black,white ,indian homeaffairs and SAPS manning the border posts, who have no morals and not well paid. A politician who does nothing has a GOV credit card of 50,000 per month to spend around, he still has a X6, a house paid by the gov, bodyguards etc, his monthly expenditure is to the tune of 30,000 thousand, and yet, people who are given more sensitive jobs, police,homeaffairs etc, are paid coins. mostly are on th eregion of R6.000, and again, all you need to be able to work for the gov is a matric cert and drivers license. thi sperson can never ever bring to book a person who has a higher education std to his.

      themba.thwala.775 - 2013-01-05 16:08

      Don't leave out eastern Europeans: Glen Agglioti, Radovan Krejcir and many other scum that's written about in the papers

  • noeline.degee - 2012-05-21 15:49

    Some of the things that happen in our communities will make you shudder. Teenagers doing things that 30 year olds wouldn't dare try. With trafficking being a harsh reality, we should not be in denial of the activities teens engage in. By choice. Parents will be astounded at what they discover on their kids' phones. Monitor it and watch your kids carefully. The use of tik is on the rise in GP. We need to be alert and protect our kids.

  • Tarryn - 2012-05-21 16:16

    It's sad that this is happening in our communities. We need to make more people aware of these 'Lolly Lounges'. The police must step up to their roles as public officials and do their job. Yes, you may play the corruption card, but blaming is not going to solve the problem. Coloured Communities have always been looked down upon because of the stereotypical notion(s) with any affiliation with drugs and prostitution. Its disgusting and upsets me as a 21 year old youth member!

  • Rob - 2012-05-21 18:12

    The SAPS 'Narcotics Branch' should be one of the 'highest budgeted' departments in the Police Force. No drugs = less crime, rape, killings, child rapes,assaults,domestic abuse etc, etc... One does not have to be a 'rocket scientist' to see that drugs are probably behing most crimes in this country...

      Martia - 2012-05-21 20:40

      I think its sad, and so scaring that we don't even know who to trust there is so many corruption happening and I believe that there is so many good policeman that exzist but we don't see it because there is so many bad cops in the force that's busy doing bad things.

      Irma Geniuos - 2013-03-12 19:40

      No drugs = delusional. Getting rid of that band of hoodlums called SANAB was one of the few positive things the government has done. Good riddance and don't come back.

  • Adair - 2012-05-21 20:26

    I blame bad,unsupervised parenting for most of this.We can't blame the government.We are responsible to rear healthy,educated healthy children.

      Patsy - 2012-05-21 21:40

      It's easy to blame the parents, isn't it? Perhaps you don't have to work to support your family, Mz Adair? With the rate of unemployment in this country, despite all the promises made by JZ, everyone has to scratch for a living, even if it's begging on street corners. A lot of parents don't have the luxury of parenting - unfortunately.

      goodman.segage - 2012-05-23 14:03

      @Adair, the point you made is loud and clear. People tend twist the focus of the root of the problem, surely the parents are the ones to be blamed; are the ones who send us liquor, cigerates and these bad stuff; and in the end you fall into it. I remember in the year 2000 I asked my father not to send me to buy liquor anymre. Surprisingly, he supported my request. Good parenting is the answer.

  • faureteggin - 2012-05-21 21:01

    Tik could easily be eradicated if the pharmaceutical supply of ephedrine was more highly regulated, but alas it is a taxable drug and someone is making a profit. I am terrified to think what Desomorphine will do to South Africa once the local drug cartels catch on.

  • Aristar - 2012-05-22 02:24

    Now if the ANC did something constructive about the drug and rape problems in South Africa instead of getting their knickers in a twist about some painting the country would be a whole lot better.

      Irma Geniuos - 2013-03-12 19:38

      The only constructive thing that can be done about illegal drugs is to legalise, regulate and tax. Doubt the ANC has the balls for that.

  • Vimla - 2012-05-22 07:26

    where is the human race heading too..??save our children.

      Irma Geniuos - 2013-03-12 19:37

      The human race today is far more civilised than it has been at any time in history. Of course to get further we must fight for more freedom, do away with the state controlling our lives and how we decide to live them.

  • daniel.w.gie - 2012-05-22 08:07

    people are lonely , unemployed ,frustrated , but turn to drugs and sex as a means of relieving themslves , it's a life with no meaning for many . Cosatu is strangling the lower end of the job market . Let people earn something , lower the wage and employ more street sweepers , Pay car guards a basic wage . ( let these people work over weekends for example) we need more population control methods . this is a 3 rd world country , teach respect ,stop this stupid talk about revolution , most dont understand the word anyway . and as for freedom cAn you be free if you cant get a piece of bread , but your minister drives past you in a merc , the poor need to be taught how to work not , sing and dance like puppets at the local road shows , afterall when they go home , the supboard is still bare .

  • andreas.sorensen - 2012-05-22 09:48

    I know I'll catch a lot of flak for this, but legalisation of all drugs along with a re-allocation of all funds currently spent on the futile "War on Drugs" into harm reduction and treatment is the only strategy that would do anything to improve the current situation.

  • Germaine - 2012-05-22 09:54

    While the ANC spends its time in court over a painting depicting patriarchal power - a missing child should be their priority!

      goodman.segage - 2012-05-23 13:53

      @Germaine, they deployed other sectors to do the job-search. Luckily, the child is safe now.

  • gbestenbier1 - 2012-05-22 10:06

    The gangster drug dealers are trying to make addicts younger and younger. Sentences nust be harsher, like 20yrs for dealing, and bail conditions must be harsh. We are playing with our kids futures ...

      westburyext - 2012-05-22 12:51

      How you going to catch them if police has information and whereabouts of all drug dealers but so corrupt like there is no tomorrow or just don`t care to do there jobs

      Irma Geniuos - 2013-03-12 19:34

      Put them in jail and someone else will replace them. If you want to win the war on drugs just nuke the entire planet. No humans, no drug use.

  • Neville - 2012-05-22 12:56

    It is important that parents play a bigger roll in the live's of their children and also report the drug dens, Some of our parents is so busy with their own entertainment by drinking and also using drugs , what do you expect from your child.

      Irma Geniuos - 2013-03-12 19:34

      I play a big role in my child's life, and he'll be taught that the war on drugs is wrong, evil and cruel. People who support it should be ashamed of themselves.

  • Jacqui - 2012-05-22 14:09

    Everything is becoming rather rotten in this country.

      Pieter - 2012-05-22 15:06

      ...and when exactly has things NOT been rotten in Africa?

      blackjew69 - 2012-05-22 15:23

      i would say the world has become rotten, greece is falling apart, afghanistan, pakistan, there is israel and palestine, there isnt a safe haven anymore. As you sleep , pryay you see tomorrow,,as you wake, pray you see the evening.

      themba.thwala.775 - 2013-01-05 18:26

      Pieter, before scum like you invented racism

  • AntonKingsize - 2012-05-22 15:54

    us, as a community need to step outside of our comfort zones and get actively involved in the townships and impoverished areas to help make the change . .

  • Piet - 2012-05-22 16:26

    Real Bad !!!!!!!!!!

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-22 18:15

    In the military, you identify and destroy the enemy. Drug dealing leads to human misery, and is clearly the enemy. If I were the President, I would task the military with seek and destroy operations against all drug pushers and human traffickers. Who deals with this intelligence at present? Is it good enough? Or do we just care about protecting those in government? Should our children not rather have bodyguards? Some sort of protection network?

      Irma Geniuos - 2013-03-12 19:32

      Supporters of the war on drugs are the enemy.

  • enlightened.bowman - 2013-01-05 15:28

    @bradh.quaide well, for strarters, when they have fitness tests, the flatliners die on us. Thats for traffic policing. Now you want a ploce force capable of dealing with crime? NOt in this country, forget it.. Never mind fitness' the national psychological sate of mind is wrong.

  • kimsaiyanprincess.murison - 2013-01-06 12:10

    - Better parenting and a massive change in social mores are needed. We need to be a society where we can be surrounded by vices and are strong enough to simply ignore them. Eliminating the vices is not what is going to change these lives, because one can simply be replaced by another.

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