March against scourge of forced pros­ti­tu­tion, drugs

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - SIHLE MANDA sihle.manda@inl.co.za

THE CONGRESS of South African Stu­dents (Cosas) in Klerks­dorp, North West, is ac­cus­ing Nige­rian na­tion­als in the town of kid­nap­ping and force­fully hook­ing girls on pros­ti­tu­tion and drugs.

Cosas now wants the gov­ern­ment to take strong ac­tion to curb the scourge.

A protest is be­ing or­gan­ised for Fri­day, start­ing at the Sa­sol garage op­po­site the Klerks­dorp Protea Ho­tel, ac­cord­ing to stu­dent leader Stella Mond­lane.

The march comes barely a month after the Hawks in the province res­cued 26 women and chil­dren from a sus­pected brothel in the town.

The direc­torate had re­ceived a tip-off al­leg­ing that a premises was be­ing used as a brothel run by for­eign na­tion­als.

Dur­ing an early morn­ing raid, the Hawks res­cued the women and chil­dren, aged be­tween 14 and 37.

The fe­males were all South Africans and came from North West, North­ern Cape, KwaZulu-Na­tal, Free State, Gaut­eng, Lim­popo and Eastern Cape.

Nine­teen men, in­clud­ing one Nige­rian, found on the prop­erty were taken in for ques­tion­ing.

“We want the gov­ern­ment to re­view how it grants per­mits to these for­eign na­tion­als, be­cause we feel that the sys­tem is let­ting them into the coun­try with­out un­der­stand­ing what their in­ten­tions are. As a re­sult, they re­sort to crime,” said Mond­lane.

She said Cosas also wanted the Mat­losana Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity to adopt by-laws that would con­trol the ac­tiv­i­ties of for­eign na­tion­als, who were scat­tered across Klerks­dorp.

“Some things just don’t add up. You find a per­son sell­ing a pair of shoes driv­ing a (VW Golf) GTI; what’s go­ing on? Are you fronting?” said asked.

Mond­lane ac­cused Nige­ri­ans in the area of hook­ing “these girls on drugs as a mea­sure to se­date and con­trol them”.

“This march is trig­gered by the re­cent developments, which in­clude that of a Nige­rian for­eign na­tional who got ar­rested by the Hawks for at­tempt­ing to open a brothel in Klerks­dorp, and the most re­cent case be­ing that of a miss­ing girl, aged 16, who was last seen on De­cem­ber 28 in the com­pany for some Nige­rian na­tion­als,” she said.

The girl, who can­not be iden­ti­fied, was found on Mon­day evening. The Star spoke to the child’s mother, who yes­ter­day said her child had re­lapsed and missed school last year as she was in re­hab.

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