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Democratic Alliance (D.A) councillor for Ward 17, Michelle Valentine, says the recently launched door to door campaign has so far been a success.
The project was launched at Soweto Hotel last week Monday, when the Department of Social Development, the Eldorado Park Local Drug Action Committee and social workers from various provinces met to discuss ways of assisting drug affected families. Eldorado Park Extensions 1, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8; Kliptown, Slovo Park, Old Klipspruit and Klipspruit Extension 1, were earmarked as priority areas.
Following the visit, Valentine says that residents have pointed out exact locations of “lolly” lounges and investigations are underway to ensure the closing of these drug dens. Residents in Extension Three however, say they still fear being vicitimised by dealers who have continued operations in the Extension Three flats. One source fearing her family’s safety, urged police to visit homes accompanied by sniffer dogs as dealers are still selling. This despite the mobile police unit situated not far from the flats, at the Kremetart Park in Extension Three.
Last week, D.A Councillor for Ward 18, Peter Rafferty, appealed to the community to work with Social Development, informing the ‘long-term drug demand programme’.
“Remember there is no quick fix to the problem but it would need the entire community to rally behind this process.
“We will also arrange a host of workshops and training that will assist in various uplifting projects,” Rafferty said.
Another door to door campaign will be held on June, 18 2013, targeting the Hilbrow Flats in Turf Road, although 250 people have already been listed with Social Development for assistance in various areas thus far.