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House is torched over whoonga

By Canaan Mdletshe | Mar 08, 2011 | COMMENTS [ 102 ]

DISGRUNTLED residents of Magabheni went on a rampage yesterday and set on fire the house of a man suspected of selling the deadly drug whoonga in the area.

Whoonga is a blend of detergent powder, rat poison and crushed antiretroviral drugs that are distributed free to HIV patients.

The drug is commonly used in many townships, particularly in and around Durban, and has proved to be popular among young people.

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said a mob went to the house of the man suspected of selling whoonga to young people.

"When they arrived at this house they set it alight. They then went to two other houses where they took out mattresses and burnt them.

"It is reported that they then came across a man, whom they badly assaulted. The man is in critical condition in hospital," Zwane said.

He said a case of public violence was being investigated and no arrests had yet been made.

Zwane warned the community not to take the law into their own hands.

"If they know or have information on people selling whoonga or involved in any criminal activities, they must report them to the police because by taking the law into their own hands they are breaking the law and would be arrested," Zwane said.

A member of the community, who, however, refused to be named, said they were fed-up with people who were "destroying the lives of children" in the area.

"This drug is destroying our young people and we cannot sit and fold our hands when people are selling it like it's nobody's business.

"We know that by acting in the manner we did (taking law into own hands) we broke the law, but we could no longer take it," he said.

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Has anyone seen that monkey called Qalo

Mar 08, 2011 10:36 | 0 replies

@BRAVESTARQ
mchana dont be angry at me it was not me who posed that statement also....hope o shap...sowetan have its own problems today

Mar 08, 2011 11:2 | 0 replies

@Mec- ke sharp ystday i checked pic ya lunch le swtan and the one that i hav hai not the sme ke eng nne o tlose make-up too much or nna kena le a wrong pic mayb"tsek"

Mar 08, 2011 11:2 | 0 replies

Tsek - Your guess is as good as mine sweetheart, hahahahahahhaLOL waphapha Tsek!

Mar 08, 2011 11:10 | 0 replies

Don’t overstress on the name issues cause you are anonymous anyway ek se or at least you think you are.

Those that think Mob Justice is the way to go; wait until it happens to you or your family member, then you’ll know that its bull. Communities have burned our Elders accusing them of things like Witchcraft and all sorts of stupid things. Yes, we cannot rule out Black Magic but jumping to conclusions is not on.

Mob Justice is bull and must be punishable. Yes, some people are caught right handed while some are just accused; but the Mob don’t care, especially since we all know how rife jealousy is in our communities.

It makes us feel better when we inject pain a little bit for the caught right handed but that doesn’t make us good citizens.

This world is full of people who claim to be Christians or religious but their actions are sad.

Just bear in mind that it’s not worth going to jail for killing a murderer because that’ll be like inheriting all his/her sinful acts.

NO BURDEN IS THE HAVIEST

Mar 08, 2011 11:14 | 0 replies

@Mec hi darling i dnt blv gore am now tryin to greet u for the freakin 10-th tym lyk duuuhhhhhhhhhhh tx Sowetan

@Brave hahahahahaahha yeppp sumbody is havin fun trshin u skat ska wara we know u neh n tht aint ur style

Mar 08, 2011 11:20 | 0 replies

"thing are bad "

SOWETAN WHAT'S GOING ON HEY I NEVER COMMENTED THAT, SOMEONE IS COMMENTING AS ME, WHAT'S THIS HEY!! YOU GUYS SMOKE WHOONGA TJOOOOOO!

THE REAL FERGIE!

Mar 08, 2011 11:33 | 0 replies

@mec
i'm good my babe. I know you're good. I dont hink anything can spoil your week this week.
@TCTLHAPI
No offence taken outie!

Mar 08, 2011 11:34 | 0 replies

@QueenB - I thought you didn't want me as your friend anymore,LOL, thanks for clearing the air, shame Sowetan, their server is giving them a problem, and as we all know it is something beyond their control. Guess we just have to practice a little bit of patients

Mar 08, 2011 11:34 | 0 replies

@tchapi

monkey ke sebono sa hao sa right se wet

Mar 08, 2011 11:36 | 0 replies

@BRAVESTARQ - Yes I'm fabulous, I won't allow anything to spoil that...
@Fergie - Guess their server is acting up on them, just a pity hey?

Mar 08, 2011 11:37 | 0 replies