March against scourge of forced prostitution, drugs
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.