IFP questions effectiveness of task team meant to fight drugs in KZN

Blessed Gwala. (Daily Sun)
Blessed Gwala. (Daily Sun)
Durban – An announcement made by the KwaZulu-Natal government in 2014 about the establishment of a task team to eradicate drugs in Durban "was just hogwash", the Inkatha Freedom Party said on Wednesday.

The IFP said former KZN premier Senzo Mchunu had during his 2014 state of the province address named current premier Willies Mchunu, the then MEC for Community Safety, as the leader of the task team to look into the problem of drugs in the Berea and surrounding areas. 

"The IFP seeks answers from Willies Mchunu about what is he doing to eradicate the scourge of drugs in the province as there are still many whoonga vagrants in Durban. We want to know how far he has gone in fighting the rise of drug abuse in the province," said IFP KZN provincial spokesperson on Community Safety and Liaison Blessed Gwala on Wednesday.

Gwala said there are whoonga vagrants who have made the railway line near the Berea Train Station in Durban their home.

"When they rob people, they escape across the railway tracks. Also Scottburgh drug users have resorted to plunder ashes from memorial walls to 'spice up' their whoonga. This proves that the announcement made by the former premier was just hogwash," Gwala said.

The IFP demands that Mchunu and the eThekwini municipality act swiftly on this matter before the image of the city and the province is damaged, said Gwala.

"We further raised our concerns about the failure by the eThekwini Municipality to address the issue of drug addicts at Berea railway train station. Both tourists and local shoppers in the Durban CBD are not safe as the number of muggings and theft of cell phones and money has increased," he said. 

The municipality refused to comment and referred all the queries to police.

Ndabe Sibiya, the current premier’s spokesperson, said they welcome the interest shown by the IFP in fighting crime.

"Instead of pointing fingers, we call for a united front against any form of crime in the province. We believe that Gwala and other leaders have an important role to play to strengthen the fight against social ills as he is respected by the community," said Sibiya.

Mchunu is on record calling upon leaders of society, including political parties, to unite and work together to rid the province of any form of drug trafficking and abuse, Sibiya said.



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