Unlawful and Disorderly in Jozi’s Wild West


“For the first time in a decade and a half running businesses in west Johannesburg, Raymond is scared – not of the dealers, but of the cops. (Photo: Koko Bassey)

“Raymond reckons 10 bribes are dished out to various cop cars from three or four of the surrounding police stations every day. That’s 300 separate bribes a month. The dealers don’t ever want to refuse a cop, so the rates are kept small and cops can pull in and get a nibble whenever the impulse takes them. The dealers have realised that if they refuse a cop, he becomes an enemy…”

For more on the relationship between drug dealers, cops, addicts, and business owners in Sophiatown, read our latest piece published in City Press – written by our radio journalist, Paul McNally – Part 1 and Part 2. Additionally, visit Sophiatown: A Critical Mess? for an in depth exploration of SAPS’s role in the communities they serve.

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One Response to Unlawful and Disorderly in Jozi’s Wild West

  1. Hellen says:

    I am also scared of Police officials they give our info as witnesses to the offenders

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