POLOKWANE CBD in Limpopo has seen an increase in mob justice as fed up residents and taxi drivers take the
law into their own hands to deal with drug dealers.
There have been numerous reports of victims being assaulted and just recently the house believed to belong to an alleged drug dealer was vandalised and his car overturned in the yard as taxi drivers went on the rampage in the suburb of Ivy Park.
The suspect was accused of flooding the streets with nyaope for months but the taxi drivers said they want to rid their area of drug dealers and users.
Secretary of the Seshego Taxi Association, Lucas Sethusha, accused the victims of supplying the deadly and addictive drug to young people in their communities.
Sethusha said although the drivers are not acting on behalf of the association, there must have been something that triggered the violence.
“As an association, we cannot blame them. There is something that affected them. When we asked them (drivers) about the incidents, they told us that they are being robbed by people who consume nyaope in the late hours of the evening. They also come to our taxi rank to bother our commuters,” said Sethusha.
He said the association had voiced their frustrations on the drug scourge to police but they were not satisfied with the results.
“We were with the police a few days ago to report the matter but very little is being done or they (nyaope users) get arrested and released soon after. The drivers end up losing hope. They (drug users) still return to the taxi ranks to terrorise drivers and our clients,” he said.
Limpopo police spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, said there have been cases reported of mob justice but they are not aware of the cause of the attacks.
“The only thing we received are reports of the attacks. We have opened cases and we are still investigating them and tracing people involved,” he said.
Victor Mavhidula from the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in Limpopo said the commission was aware of the community taking justice into their own hands.
He said the commission was conducting investigations on the matter.
“We are not aware that they are taxi drivers but we know about the conflict between foreign nationals and our people here in Polokwane.
“We are investigating the matter. We are trying to look at the origin of this conflict,” he said.