Drug strategy plan for Rosettenville – Dept

2017-02-16 21:15
Police and community members during Gigaba's walk about in Rosettenville. (Iavan Pijoos, News24)

Police and community members during Gigaba's walk about in Rosettenville. (Iavan Pijoos, News24)

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How can a 9-year-old child be a prostitute? Rosettenville resident asks

2017-02-14 11:23

Residents of Rosettenville are still fuming even after a visit from government officials.WATCH

Johannesburg - Efforts are underway to help drug addicts and young girls working as prostitutes in crime-riddled Rosettenville, the social development department said on Thursday.

Social workers identified 32 drug hotspots in the suburb during Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba’s visit last week, health and social development mayoral committee member Dr Mpho Phalatse said.

A plan to help residents of the suburb, in southern Johannesburg, would include establishing a community anti-drug coalition with the SA National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (Sanca), Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America, and Local Drug Action Committees.

The department had made arrangements with the Gauteng social development department for provision of alternative places of safety for children or people requiring substance dependency rehabilitation.

The department’s role was to assess and remove trafficked commercial sex workers, especially young girls, who were reported to be in brothels, Phalatse said.

Undocumented migrants were advised to seek help at the Marabastad refugee reception centre in Pretoria. Those who had documentation were informed about services provided through the migrant help desk in the inner city.

Some prostitutes declined help, saying they were content with their work and had places where they paid rent.

“They alleged that they were able to take care of themselves and their families with the income they earn from this trade,” Phalatse said.

On Monday, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said the department and locals needed to agree on what to do. He appealed to residents not to take the law into their own hands.

He said he had asked his department’s “community outreach programme” to visit areas populated by immigrants.

In Rosettenville, residents followed him around as he visited two of the 10 homes residents set alight on Saturday. They claimed they were being used as brothels and as hideouts for drug lords.

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