26 WHOONGA ADDICTS ACCEPTED IN REHABS IN DURBAN
By: Gift Nyamapfene
Rehabilitation centers in Durban accepted 26 individuals from the Khuzimpi Street reserve commonly known as the “Whoonga Park”.
The development has emerged after the drug related violence that broke out at Albert Park on Sunday where one person was killed, numerous others injured and 27 people arrested.
The eThekwini Municipality reported Tuesday that a number of individuals from this group have been approaching city officials stationed at the infamous park requesting professional help.
City fathers have in turn enlisted assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and SAPS. Meanwhile, the municipality is working with the department to get accommodation for more.
Other organisations that are currently engaged in the rehabilitation process are Safer Cities, Railway police, Ward committees and Metro Police. Non-governmental organisations and the community have been called to assist.
Municipality spokesperson, Thabo Mofokeng said, “The city has undertaken profiling of the community in Khuzimpi street road. Most of the people interviewed were South Africans. Drugs seemed to be the main issue why most of the people gather at this space.”
Foreign nationals who are part of the settlement at the “Whoonga Park” were unwilling to be interviewed.
After the sour operation undertaken by SAPS on Sunday, the department reaffirmed its commitment to clean up the “Whoonga Park” regardless of its claim that it regretted the incident on Sunday.
Metro police spokesman, Eugene Msomi said, “The Metro police will continue deploying enhanced presence at Albert Park until the situation normalizes. The city will continue to monitor the situation. The problem regarding the sale of drugs will be dealt with in conjunction with the SAPS.”