Whoonga menace –  a growing risk to city

Whoonga smokers are terrorizing local businesses



Deon Marillier, a former Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business businessperson of the year winner in the emerging black business category, recently released an impassioned social media plea for fellow residents to add further pressure on the city to take action against whoonga addicts who are “terrorising businesses and residents on a daily basis”.

“We have the resources, we have the staff and we have the budget. If we do not stop this threat investment will reduce, crime will increase and there will be an increase in murders. A united force working with the police and security companies, can deal with the problem. Other cities have done it and so can we,” said Marillier.

He asked residents send letters to Mayor Themba Njilo calling upon him to spearhead the project.

Meanwhile, police have arrested a 16-year-old boy believed to be a member of one of the whoonga gangs roaming the city, stealing to feed themselves and buy their drugs. Although unconfirmed the teenager is linked to several cases of destruction of property related to ATM machines whereby he together with accomplices attempted to break into the machines to steal the cash stored within. The latest incident was damage caused to an ATM in Church Street.

Maritzburg Sun Reporter

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