Eldos marchers told of suicide

Residents of Eldorado Park conducted prayer rituals at lolly lounges and the houses of drug lords.

Eldorado Park residents raise concernce about substance abuse in the area. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

ELDORADO PARK - As a prayer march against drugs in Eldorado Park made its way to the stadium on Sunday, government leaders heard how a 14-year-old girl committed suicide because she was traumatised by her addiction.

The march was lead by Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and religious leaders who have been conducting prayer rituals at lolly lounges and the houses of drug lords in the area.

The 14-year-old girl lived in the Hillbrow block of flats and committed suicide on Sunday morning in an informal settlement nearby.

She ran away from home more than a week ago and was suspected of being held in a lolly lounge.

Her mother told residents of this block to alert the police of any other drug dens in this area to prevent the same thing happening to their children.

Community Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko has expressed her shock, "The parent is feeling very distressed because this child has been problematic , she's been using drugs and she's been staying away from home."

The march eventually reached the stadium where Mokonyane was expected to address residents.