25 April 2007

South Africa: Cops Fight Drugs With Name-And-Shame Campaign

Mitchell's Plain police are naming and shaming suspected drug dealers in a bid to rid the community of the scourge of drugs.

The police station has started a new campaign of distributing pamphlets that list the addresses of houses they have raided and found drugs in.

One of the pamphlets reads: "Do you know what is happening at ... (address in New Woodlands). Do you know that your child visits this address? On the 5 and 8 of January and 23 February 2007, heroin, cocaine and tik were confiscated by the police at this house."

Residents of Mitchell's Plain, which has been one of the areas hardest hit by tik addiction, intensified their fight against drugs and drug dealers about a month ago by hosting a number of marches and protesting outside the homes of alleged drug dealers.

Residents in New Woodlands, Portland and Tafelsig have also handed over memorandums to drug dealers demanding they stop dealing within 24 hours.

A mother in the New Woodlands area, who has three sons battling drug addiction, said they were winning their fight against drugs and drug dealers.

Abeda Benjamin said the police had asked them last Friday to help distrubute the pamphlets.

"It is very effective and we are winning.

"We have built ourselves a constructive base in the community ... So yes, we are getting there and the police are 100% behind us," Benjamin said.

Mitchell's Plain police station spokesman Rewayne Muller was not available for comment.

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