New 'Drug Court' opens in Bellville

2016-07-02 08:12
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Cape Town - If you get nabbed for drugs in Bellville, Cape Town, this weekend, you may just have the dubious honour of being one of the first to appear in its newly-opened drug court.

“This is a historic moment,” senior Bellville Magistrate's Court prosecutor, Thango Pangalela, told a policing needs conference in Delft on Friday.

He said he just come from the unveiling of the court, and was positive about the effect it would have on managing drug cases more effectively.

The court's jurisdiction includes Delft, the Cape Town International Airport, Ravensmead, Parow, Durbanville, Bellville, Bellville South, and Belhar.

It would be located in Court J at the Bellville Magistrate's Court, operate from Monday to Friday and be a priority court. It would have a dedicated magistrate, two prosecutors, and interpreters.

There was already a similar court in Cape Town, but authorities decided it was time to tackle drug-related cases in the Bellville jurisdiction.

“We are tired of dealing with the runners. We want to get to the very bottom of the problem,” he said.

Drug crimes contributed 84% to crime detected as a result of police action in the Blue Downs cluster, according to statistics provided by the Department of Community Safety at the conference for the 2010/2011 to 2014/2015 period.

Delft, Ravensmead, Bellville and Belhar fell into that policing cluster.

“We are hoping for stiffer sentences and a clear message of intolerance for drug crime,” Pangalela said.

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