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Eldos urged to help shut down 'lolly lounges'

8 children were taken to a place of safety after being found in the so called 'lolly lounges'.

FILE: Man smoking dagga. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Social Development Department has called on community members in Eldorado Park to work with authorities to crack down on drug dens in the area.

On Tuesday, eight children were taken to a place of safety after being found in the so called ' lolly lounges'.

President Jacob Zuma and some Cabinet ministers visited the area two years ago and promised to address the problem.

The department's Shoki Tshabalala says while the police and the local drug action campaign are working to close down drug dens, they simply cannot do it alone.

"We also need to work with the police to prevent a recurrence of this, because these 'lolly lounges' must not be operating at any stage again"

Tshabalala says five of the girls who were found will be taken to a rehabilitation centre.

"When we found the first child they were under the influence of whatever substance, we don't know what exactly it is."

Meanwhile, the department says it was forced to remove two children aged between 10 and 11 from their home following allegations that their parents are operating a lolly lounge.