Petros: Drugs sold to primary schoolkids

2012-11-07 14:10

Johannesburg - Children as young as 12 are being sold drugs around school premises, Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant General Mzwandile Petros said on Wednesday.

"I have met with primary school principals in some of our clusters regarding the drug problem. The situation is severe... some have indicated that they are helpless," he told reporters in Johannesburg.

"If consumption of drugs happens at schools, then it means the sale of these substances is around school premises."

Petros was giving an overview of Gauteng crime statistics for 2011/2012.

Some school children were working with the police to thwart the drug trade on school grounds, he said.

"This project has been done successfully in areas such as Klerksdorp: we are rolling it out in schools across the province."

Serious crime such as murder, armed robbery, rape and hijacking had decreased in Gauteng compared with the previous financial year.

However, crimes such as theft out of vehicles, illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, drug possession, dealing in drugs, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs were on the increase.

Police were working hard to make Gauteng citizens feel safe, said Petros.

Rural safety campaigns had been introduced in areas such as Muldersdrift and Midrand.

  • brian.mokhawana - 2012-11-07 14:22

    As young as 12? what exactly is going on. at 12 i hated smokers but these guys seem to be enjoying this crap. again i say this democracy crap brought a lot of Sh*t.

  • muke.matshaba - 2012-11-07 14:32

    Legalize everything in the name of democracy including murder THIRD WORLD COUNTRY

  • herman.booysen2 - 2012-11-07 14:36

    "Police were working hard to make Gauteng citizens feel safe, said Petros" Obviously not hard enough ! Also there is no boarder control !

      Spiral - 2012-11-07 15:12

      Sorry for the old analogy, but the police couldn’t organise a p1ss up in the bar, let alone keep a country safe.

  • thugmuffin13 - 2012-11-07 14:45

    I don't think it is very smart to be working with school children. You putting their lives at risk. Although they might be helping the police and putting a stop to the dealers. Has anyone thought of the consequences if the dealers find out about these kids?\r\nThen the innocent will become the victims...\r\n\r\nWe live in a horribly cruel country. Just something to think about.

  • gail.evans.9275 - 2012-11-07 14:46

    Get rid of Illegal Aliens , put them on a plane and fly them home. The drug problem will decrease by 50%.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-11-07 15:42

      Who is going to pay for the plane ticket?? Make them walk.

  • terrence.holtzhausen - 2012-11-07 15:08

    Think about this for a second don't just shoot the idea down. Make all Drugs legal and let the government regulate it, that way drug dealers cant sell any hard core or soft core drugs to any child that has money to buy it , YOU think drug dealers care about AGE? Really?..

      robqb - 2012-11-07 15:18

      Has the legalising of booze stopped shebeens from operating?

      terrence.holtzhausen - 2012-11-07 15:33

      @robqb that in MY opinion it is the governments fault for not regulating good enough that is all to do with legislation and implementing them, this government cant run a country! you think they should be able to regulate a shebeen..

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-11-07 17:32

      Terrence, Not a good idea. They tried this in a few countries, notably Holland. After a few years, there were just in Amsterdam 35000 heroin addicts !!! One had there trhe so called drug-cafe's, which became some crazy tourist trade, and just in the last few years , hundreds have been closed down. No, drugs, are no good for most of us. DON'T LEGALIZE THEM!! The main problem with fighting, these drug dealing scum is; corruption!! There is soooooo much money in this trade. Just for a small time dealer, a R1000, bribe , is no issue!! and when you are 'big time' money for bribes is 'unlimited' Ask Glenn Aglioti, ( the guy who brought Jacky Selebi down ), He is a convicted drug dealer, but he still has to spend one night behind bars!!!!!!!! Unfortunatelly, until corruption is brought down to 'acceptable' levels, these drug dealing dogs, will be standing outside our school gates !!!!!

      terrence.holtzhausen - 2012-11-08 01:16

      @AnthonyfromAfrica - sorry but that is a lie! Only Canibis or WEED was made legal not heroin that is just a blatant lie stop coming on here to try and misinform people.If you want to have a conversation with me or a reply from me please do some research on Spain and if the facts still don't change your mind come and we can have a honest conversation.

      beryl.knipe - 2012-11-09 06:05

      Problem is, Terrence, the government isn't capable of regulating ITSELF, never mind anything else.

  • Nhozana Ntlanganiso - 2012-11-07 15:09

    deport all the nigerians back to their country first.

  • chris.lategan - 2012-11-07 15:10

    The dealers love that it's all illegal and unregulated. Cha-ching!

  • fernando.carvalho.58555941 - 2012-11-07 15:13

    So much for winninn the war on crime!

  • fernando.carvalho.58555941 - 2012-11-07 15:14

    I mean winning

  • fernando.carvalho.58555941 - 2012-11-07 15:16

    I mean winning!!

      Spiral - 2012-11-07 16:19

      you know you can delete your previous comments...

  • snow.maleka - 2012-11-07 15:24

    Before our justice system takes this crimes seriously drugs,rape,murder ect and start giving this guys harsh sentences we are all in k*k and there is little that we can do about it.We will always organise this toothless campaigns and at the end of the day we all go home with the same problems!

  • marlenepilay - 2012-11-07 15:31

    I do everything in my power to keep my child educated about alcohol and drugs. But so help me God if I ever find out that that someone is selling at my son's school - I will kill that person for damaging young live

  • schalk.botha.75 - 2012-11-07 15:43

    If we don't stand up against the anc, the country will become like Zimbabwe and all the good people raped, tortured and killed. Stop praying for things to change and start acting!!! God gave us free will!! And will not fight our battles for us! But he will with us!!! Act now before its to late!!! Our forefathers will be so ashamed if they knew what we aloud to happen to our country!!! They gave EVERY THING for the country!!! And all every body is doing is moan!!!! Wake up!!!!!!

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-11-07 15:58

      easy on the Tik there

      albert.prinsloo.7 - 2012-11-07 16:34

      @Schalk Agree 100% but how? how do one convince this, and even if it starts it is probably going to be targeted as a terrorist plot against SA (ANC), whites against blacks, racism and more. That is what needs to be done but like everything actions is allot harder than words and this kind of action in the present close to impossible. My only inntension with this comment is the how? HOW HOW HOW will we make the white people (and sensible black people) work together and start acting?

  • hendrik.andries.5 - 2012-11-07 15:48

    FAQ: When did you last saw a patrol car? - Years ago When did you last saw a speedcop? - Years ago When did you last saw a roadblock? - Years ago When did you last saw a policeman doing his work? - Eish?

      Spiral - 2012-11-07 16:20


  • napolita.kio - 2012-11-07 15:57

    What is the demand for reading books? What is the demand for Facebook? What is the demand for physical exercise? What's the demand for playing video games? My Point? Well, there's always an alternative and people (including children) always do what they want regardless of whether it's in their long-term best interest or not (probably ignorantly so). Blaming A supplier is just wrong!

      terrence.holtzhausen - 2012-11-07 16:04

      True. Regulate it and then it will be harder for kids to try and get the substance they will need to provide an ID of over 21 years of age.

  • johan.m.pretorius.3 - 2012-11-07 16:30

    Dealing doesent happen around the school premises but on the school premises

  • bibi.vanzyl - 2012-11-07 16:45

    You can buy drugs in any school in any town in SA. Educate and inform your children. Don't expect the government or the teachers to do it for you. They can supplement, but the onus is on the parents.

  • mmoledis - 2012-11-07 20:14

    This is very sad because if South African youth does not get educated then that will mean in the next coming years our country will be ruled by bunch of uneducated people and that is posing a serious danger to the country and the democracy we are in, and at the end can end up being in situations like Zimbabwe,Libya,Mali and other ungovernable. Schools ,police, government and parents should work together to get our kids educated and for getting drugs away from school premises at all cost.Teachers should make sure they monitor those kids movements while within school premises and report any misconduct to parents whom should also take actions to educate their children and calling them to order, then police should make regular turns at schools but not disrupt classes, just to make searches around and warn who could be found in his or her possession with drugs or any illegal item and government then support police,teachers and parents by changing education laws, where certain rights to pupils should be scraped and security should be hired to schools to make rounds and patrols to help stop flow of drugs in our schools.

  • beryl.knipe - 2012-11-09 06:04

    Brian... 10 POINTS TO YOU!

  • beryl.knipe - 2012-11-09 06:09

    This country, this government and all the people who screamed for democracy - put this in your damn pipes and smoke it! Twelve-year-old children on drugs AND alcohol? It's a crying disgrace people! We need some good, clean, solid discipline and we seriously, urgently need border control and security.... but, who cares, really? WHO cares?

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