Seventh Street residents in Kensington took a stand against a drug den – they closed it.
It is alleged that the house was being used for drug dealing. The story goes that the two sons staying there with their elderly mother, who has Alzheimers, took advantage of the situation and have sold drugs from the house for some time.
Police did several raids and found drugs on the premises last year, but nothing seemed to stop the brothers. Residents became fed up with the situation.
They installed a camera at the house to make sure that the mother is protected and that no drug dealing takes place there anymore. Residents say this is a clear message they are sending to other drug dens that they are coming for them too.
Mogamat Nordien, chairperson of the Kensington street committee, says: “People were tired and they just had to do something about it. Kensington doesn’t belong to drug dealers or political parties but for the people so we have to do our duties to protect what’s ours.
“These people are not a violent community but they just showed the power of standing together and getting things done. If this could be done in a day then all the drug dens in this area can be closed,” he says.
Nordien adds that with drug dealing comes other problems.
“There is a lot of crime that comes with drugs. Our children are robbed going to the shops. People are robbed going to and from work. There are a lot of fights, assaults and theft out of cars. There are burglaries and theft because addicts want to serve their addiction. We can’t allow that to happen.
“We are glad that crime had dropped tremendously in our area but we can’t sit and do nothing. We will fight to make sure that no drug dealing happens in this area. We are also urging other people in their communities to stand together and put an end to drug dens that are destroying our children and terrorising the community.”