DURBAN - POINT Road, Durban, is known for its high crime levels, but police are hoping this may soon come to an end should new strategies begin to show results.
Newly appointed Police Station commander Captain Sibusiso Shozi said Point Road, on the Durban beachfront, was among the areas he was targeting to put a dent in crime — especially drug peddling — in the city centre. A 2009 study by the Medical Research Council found drug use in Durban to be higher than anywhere else in the country.
The study concluded that Tik had migrated from Cape Town and was now readily available on the streets of Durban.
Shozi was deployed to Durban in February after gaining a reputation on the South Coast as a no-nonsense cop. He also worked in the Hibberdene and Port Shepstone areas.
“I have been told that drug trafficking, prostitution and killing, mostly because of a drug deal gone wrong, are so rife in the area that residents are not shocked anymore when these acts are committed,” said Shozi.
Erica Strydom, a nursing sister at St Augustine hospital, said she had to find accommodation elsewhere because of the shootings every night. “I was scared for my life and I only went out when going to work,” said Strydom. “I would stay indoors afterwards. I think Johannesburg city centre is far better than Point road.”