By Lungile Moyo
A concerned and fed up mob of female residents on Monday marched against drug dealers in Entumbane saying their notoriety had gotten out of hand as they were now targeting their school going children.
The march which was coordinated by the Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association members in the area and also roped in human rights activists was reportedly held to raise awareness on the substance abuse issues in the area and neighbouring townships like Mpopoma where some known members of the community are allegedly selling drugs to young people and school going children in the area.
Speaking to Amakhosikazi Media councillor for Entumbane Sinikiwe Matanda who was also part of the demonstration said the issue of drugs has really affected the area and the problem is that police officers say they have failed to arrest drug dealers.
“The problem is that these people are not arrested, and the police officers say they have tried and failed to arrest them, so this is the reason why we have decided to take this issue into our hands as residents because it is us and our children who are affected the most”, said Matanda.
She added that these drug dealers are selling drugs such as Mbanje (Marijuana) and Dipapa (pills that are used by people with mental illness).
A concerned resident who chose to be called Manxumalo said the issue of drug dealing is worse in the area and as residents they are concerned about the future of their children.
“Indaba yokuthengiswa kwama drugs isihluphile kakhulu ku district yethu ngakho njenge zakhamizi zalapha labazali babantwana sikhathazekile ngekusasa labantwabethu”, said Manxumalo. (The issue of drug dealing has really disturbed our district, so as residents and parents we are really worried about the future of our children).
Patricia Tshabalala a resident from Mpopoma said the most disappointing thing is that some of the offenders are women.
“it is so sad to see women doing such scary things to their children and the community, we don’t need such people in our area as they are a danger to our children and to our society”, added Matshabalala
Darlington Sibanda who was part of the demonstration said the community is at danger and those who are affected need instant help.
Asked whether the area has rehabilitation centres, libraries and youth development centres Matanda said there is none at the moment and that’s what they are also fighting for as a community.
“We don’t have such centres in our area and this is the reason why most of our youths are idle and most of them end up taking drugs as a way of entertaining themselves because they don’t have anything productive to keep them busy, as a community that’s what we are fighting for”, added Matanda.