- A City of Tshwane investigation has reportedly indicated evidence of law enforcement officers benefiting from the illicit drug trade
- This comes as the metro attempts to make streets safer for citizens following unrest in the area
- The death of Jabu Baloyi, a taxi driver who was murdered allegedly at the hands of a drug dealer, had sparked protests in the region
Karen Meyer, Tshwane's Mayoral Committee Member for Community Safety, says the fight against drugs in the city is facing challenges from an unexpected group of people.
The South African reports that Meyer had revealed enough evidence had been obtained to prove law enforcement officials were deeply entrenched in the illegal drug trade.
Briefly.co.za reported that the death of taxi operator Jabu Baloyi at the hands of a supposed drug dealer had sparked a vigilante war on drugs in the area.
This had prompted President Cyril Ramaphosa to promise the local government will collaborate with taxi drivers to put an end to the plague of substance abuse.
Meyer has since revealed that taxi drivers had exposed police officers who had been seen engaging with dealers.
IOL reports that the MMC had called on the South African Police Service to step things up and take back control:
“We need SAPS to step up and take control. One of the other issues we discussed at our initial meeting was that SAPS will ensure proper drug busts and we will assist, as far as the Metro Police is concerned — that never happened."
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