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By Sapa | Dec 10, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 18 ]

Any information collected was then handed to the police.

Crime-weary residents of the Durban suburb of Wentworth have come up with a novel way to pass on information about drug dealers to local police --by putting their anonymous tip-offs in their church collection plate, it was reported.

"You can go nowhere in Wentworth without coming across drug trafficking and addiction," Rev Cierigh Samaai, of the Inter-church Social Action Alliance Campaign.

Churches and the umbrella body Communities Building Credible Ownership initiated the tip-off system in co-operation with Colonel Deon Singh, the new commander of the Wentworth police station.

According to Samaai, a standard issue form for tip-offs to the police had been developed and could be placed inside an envelope identical to the one used by parishioners to place money in the collection plate.

Any information collected was then handed to the police.

"The drug problem in Wentworth is so severe that people are arriving from as far away as Newcastle to buy drugs," Samaai said.

Drug dealers were thought to have gained a foothold in the working class area's residential flats.

"The dealers pay people's rent and school fees in exchange for the use of the flat for drug storage or to sell drugs from."

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Clever people. BIG UP to you.

Dec 10, 2012 9:24 | 0 replies

Thumbs up to the Pastor and his congregants but this is not really going to help as the idea was brought about by Colonel Deon Singh, the new commander of the Wentworth police station.
He is your first suspect because all he needed to do and alert his accomplices was to get the church involved then he will pass on the info to the identified drug dealers to be extra vigilant as the church knows about.Colonel Deon is actually protecting the peddlers`s borders. Remember the recently uncovered "The Durban hit squad" instead of protecting the communities they were actually terrorising them,they are being charged with money laundering, racketering,and murder.

Colonel Deon is actually protecting the peddlers`s borders.
Rev Cierigh Samaai your church its congregants are in danger.

Dec 10, 2012 4:3 | 0 replies

@Sowetan, you putting the members of that congregation at risk, they were trying to assist but clearly they might be attacked and robbed.

Dec 10, 2012 3:9 | 0 replies

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I can't see the church (or its members) being in more danger from giving notes to cops than living with crackheads in their midst.

Dec 10, 2012 2:57 | 0 replies

I think the congregants are puttingb their lives in danger, especially if there is one rogue cop. Police should have boxes put outside police stations where vital info can be placed, and to be opened only by the seargent

Dec 10, 2012 2:52 | 0 replies

ShadesOfGrey- You do have a point but there us a down side to it.The fact is drugs ruin lives.If you are talking about marijuana,your suggestion may be acceptable but in regards to coacaine and heroin it is a NO NO.

Marijuana should be legalized but Cocaine and heroin should not.I will also like to see drug addicts being put in jail instead of being put in rehab.Whenever a drug bust goes down ,the drug dealer get jailed but the user get to walk away scott free.There is something wrong with that picture because the user willing attempted to purchase narcotics but is not being punished for it.If users are sent to to jail there will be a significant reduction in the demand for drugs.

West African police from Cameroon all the way to Mali have been arresting drug users for decades hence why drug use in west Africa is very low.That drug control model should be adopted by other police forces all over the world if they are serious about combating the drug problem.

Dec 10, 2012 2:49 | 0 replies

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MommaC I doubt it's the churches task to follow up, the fat cakes must get up and do something about the tip offs but coz we know fat cakes are snitches too that church might be in danger.
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My thoughts exactly, the pastor especially as he is the one who then forwards these tip-offs to the police, he might be a target, Its a good thing what they are doing but looking at the dangers it brings it becomes some sorty of a shortfall, but I guess one doesnt have to be a coward when you deal with drug lords, you be prepared for what may come your way and your family, H emust pray that God protects him from any danger posed his way.

Dec 10, 2012 2:24 | 0 replies

But I don't think they should have mentioned the name of the church on this article, they are putting their lives at risk now, drug dealers will do anything to prevent their business from going down if it means they have to remove the person who is a threat to their business they wont hesitate to do so.

Dec 10, 2012 2:17 | 0 replies

Now this is the end of this once it leaks like this to the media the trafficers are going to make other plans

Dec 10, 2012 2:11 | 0 replies

Crime-weary residents of the Durban suburb of Wentworth have come up with a novel way to pass on information about drug dealers to local police --by putting their anonymous tip-offs in their church collection plate, it was reported.
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What an innovative way.......... wish they could do the same for child abuse

Dec 10, 2012 12:51 | 0 replies

Good all the parishes should use this as a best practice to prevent crime and to help the police to have a safe community. Safety is the responsibility of the community and not only the responsibility of the SAPS.

Dec 10, 2012 12:16 | 0 replies