Lolly lounges shut down in Eldos

A special task team raided numerous drug dens housing prostitutes in Eldorado Park.

A sign to the Eldorado Park police station. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

ELDORADO PARK - A letter to President Jacob Zuma from an Eldorado Park parent has now led to the closure of almost 20 lolly lounges.

A week ago, a presidential task team was established to deal with the escalating levels of drug use and child prostitution.

The team includes a number of cabinet ministers and government officials.

The team's first report back took place on Wednesday at the Mount Carmel Ministry, south of Johannesburg.

Frustrated Eldorado Park resident Dereleen James called on the President last month to help deal with the growing drug crisis.

In a meeting with parents last week, Zuma promised to deal with the problem.

Now both the Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa revealed that almost 20 lolly lounges have been shut down and numerous drug related arrests made.

The task team promises to continue fighting the scourge of drugs and prostitution in the area until it is normalised with regular feedback.