Melgisedek: The City still turns a blind eye

The complex was once home to the Melgisedek Christian Centre on the corner of Annie Botha and Voortrekkers roads. Today Melgisedek houses an old age home, a crèche, drug addicts, and drug dealers – mostly Nigerian nationals.

 

NEWS

June 26 th, 2015

The City of Tshwane has done very little about the many problems at Melgisedek. The municipality committed to improving conditions in 2010 which would have included action plans to address the welfare of residents.

 

DA councillor Elma Nel told Rekord Moot on Tuesday that it was announced at a petition hearing in August 2014 that Melgisedek was going to be declared unfit for human use. Nel also stated that residents would be relocated and the building itself will be barricaded. To date, nothing has been done to this effect. Authorities are being accused of doing very little about the irregularities at Melgisedek, despite two ‘major’ drug busts in February and March 2015.

 

*Retha is a heroin addict and a regular customer at Melgisedek. Her brother *John was also a regular at Melgisedek until he died of a heroin overdose late last year. She told Ladies that Melgisedek, aptly referred to as ‘Afghanistan’, is a dangerous place.

 

“You don’t go in there alone. I used to go with my brother because the Nigerians knew him very well. They don’t trust anybody but they know me now. I never go there without a weapon because I’ve been robbed there before. The police only arrest the buyers not the dealers themselves. If they do arrest a dealer, he is back in business within 24 hours.”

 

When asked about the living conditions, *Retha said that there’s a hall where drug addicts live. “There are many junkies living there. They steal and mug people to get money for drugs. I never go there at night.”

 

Why has the City been so reluctant to address and solve the problem? Why has the City allowed the problem to escalate to its current state? ‘Major’ drug busts for the sake of positive publicity are not enough. Promises of ‘action plans’ are not enough. Where are those drug dealers going to operate from once Melgisedek has been sold and renovated? They have nothing to worry about because the City will yet again accommodate them wherever they go. 

 

 

Melgisedek: The City still turns a blind eye

 

The complex was once home to the Melgisedek Christian Centre on the corner of Annie Botha and Voortrekkers roads. Today Melgisedek houses an old age home, a crèche, drug addicts, and drug dealers – mostly Nigerian nationals.

 

The City of Tshwane has done very little about the many problems at Melgisedek. The municipality committed to improving conditions in 2010 which would have included action plans to address the welfare of residents.

 

DA councillor Elma Nel told Rekord Moot on Tuesday that it was announced at a petition hearing in August 2014 that Melgisedek was going to be declared unfit for human use. Nel also stated that residents would be relocated and the building itself will be barricaded. To date, nothing has been done to this effect. Authorities are being accused of doing very little about the irregularities at Melgisedek, despite two ‘major’ drug busts in February and March 2015.

 

*Retha is a heroin addict and a regular customer at Melgisedek. Her brother *John was also a regular at Melgisedek until he died of a heroin overdose late last year. She told Ladies that Melgisedek, aptly referred to as ‘Afghanistan’, is a dangerous place.

 

“You don’t go in there alone. I used to go with my brother because the Nigerians knew him very well. They don’t trust anybody but they know me now. I never go there without a weapon because I’ve been robbed there before. The police only arrest the buyers not the dealers themselves. If they do arrest a dealer, he is back in business within 24 hours.”

 

When asked about the living conditions, *Retha said that there’s a hall where drug addicts live. “There are many junkies living there. They steal and mug people to get money for drugs. I never go there at night.”

 

Why has the City been so reluctant to address and solve the problem? Why has the City allowed the problem to escalate to its current state? ‘Major’ drug busts for the sake of positive publicity are not enough. Promises of ‘action plans’ are not enough. Where are those drug dealers going to operate from once Melgisedek has been sold and renovated? They have nothing to worry about because the City will yet again accommodate them wherever they go. 

 

 

Melgisedek: The City still turns a blind eye

 

The complex was once home to the Melgisedek Christian Centre on the corner of Annie Botha and Voortrekkers roads. Today Melgisedek houses an old age home, a crèche, drug addicts, and drug dealers – mostly Nigerian nationals.

 

The City of Tshwane has done very little about the many problems at Melgisedek. The municipality committed to improving conditions in 2010 which would have included action plans to address the welfare of residents.

 

DA councillor Elma Nel told Rekord Moot on Tuesday that it was announced at a petition hearing in August 2014 that Melgisedek was going to be declared unfit for human use. Nel also stated that residents would be relocated and the building itself will be barricaded. To date, nothing has been done to this effect. Authorities are being accused of doing very little about the irregularities at Melgisedek, despite two ‘major’ drug busts in February and March 2015.

 

*Retha is a heroin addict and a regular customer at Melgisedek. Her brother *John was also a regular at Melgisedek until he died of a heroin overdose late last year. She told Ladies that Melgisedek, aptly referred to as ‘Afghanistan’, is a dangerous place.

 

“You don’t go in there alone. I used to go with my brother because the Nigerians knew him very well. They don’t trust anybody but they know me now. I never go there without a weapon because I’ve been robbed there before. The police only arrest the buyers not the dealers themselves. If they do arrest a dealer, he is back in business within 24 hours.”

 

When asked about the living conditions, *Retha said that there’s a hall where drug addicts live. “There are many junkies living there. They steal and mug people to get money for drugs. I never go there at night.”

 

Why has the City been so reluctant to address and solve the problem? Why has the City allowed the problem to escalate to its current state? ‘Major’ drug busts for the sake of positive publicity are not enough. Promises of ‘action plans’ are not enough. Where are those drug dealers going to operate from once Melgisedek has been sold and renovated? They have nothing to worry about because the City will yet again accommodate them wherever they go. 


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