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By unknown | Feb 25, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille yesterday claimed that the police were involved in corruption and drug shipping in many parts of the country.

She said the enemy of the country was no longer British colonisation but the abuse of drugs and alcohol.

"Police that get paid with our money are currently failing to protect vulnerable communities.

"They are protecting drug kingpins," she said.

Zille was addressing members of the DA and the community in Phoenix, north of Durban, as part of her anti-drug campaign.

She has been in the province for three days meeting communities.

She led in the singing of an ambiguous Zulu song i-ANC iyavala kodwa i-DA izovula, loosely translated "the ANC closes the doors but DA will open them".

Zille also handed over a memorandum to Superintendent Themba Mabaso of the local police station, demanding that police should arrest drug kingpins and not protect them.

She said it was a tragedy that the country was facing huge unemployment, abuse of drugs and crime.

Phoenix is regarded as the second Indian township awash with drugs after Chatsworth.

Zille said the situation in Durban was similar to that in Cape Town.

There was no place that had no drugs and police were aware of who the drug lords were, but could not arrest them because they had been bought off, she said.

"The use of "sugars" - a deadly mixture of low-grade heroin, cocaine and dagga - is spreading rapidly in Durban.

Zille said that drug merchants paid what they call "tax" to police officers for protection.

The case of national Commissioner Jackie Selebi was a case in point," Zille said.


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