The notorious Brown Street in the Joburg CBD will no longer be tolerating drug users who loiter in the area, with taxi drivers taking the lead. Moko Mokoka, a taxi driver, says that they are putting their foot down in the endless battle to protect their commuters.
The City of Tshwane has been battling for years to keep nyaope users and drug dealers away from the notorious Brown Street.
Now, taxi drivers have pumped the brakes on the questionable characters loitering in the area as they strive to protect their customers, who were vitcims to endless robberies, allegedly at the hands of the desperate drug users.
One of the crusaders, Moko Mokoka, says that they have taken on the task of cleaning the area:
“There are some foreign nationals who sell drugs here, but they don’t use this stuff. So we took the decision that as taxi drivers we would clean up and remove the dealers and users. We know where the users come from; we take them home and warn them not to come back to town to steal from innocent, hard-working people.”
Armed with sticks and sjamboks, the drivers started their campaign on releasing the death-grip that drugs has on the area. Efforts to have dealers arrested had failed to yield any results, with Mokoka saying arrested perpetrators were back on the streets within an hour.
This tense situation had come to a head on Friday, with drivers clashing with police over a shop they had claimed was selling drugs. The drivers had insisted the store should be closed, with the police highlighting the legal issues at hand, reports IOL.
Ofentse Raphiri, a regular commuter, said that they were grateful that something was finally being done:
“I applaud them for stopping this nonsense we see every day. It’s like it's not the same town when you pass by there, it’s disgusting and so sad to see, so I say they should keep on.”
Daniel Masango, another regular taxi user, was also relieved that the long wait for action to be taken was over.
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