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Eldorado Park residents call for an end to drugs, gangsterism

Some residents say they feel the township south of Johannesburg has been neglected.

Supporters of various political parties during a special 702 elections broadcast in Eldorado Park on 13 July 2016. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Eldorado Park mothers have pleaded with government to intervene and help with the drug problem in the area.

Some residents say they feel the township south of Johannesburg has been neglected.

They were speaking during a special 702 elections broadcast in Eldorado Park.

The stage is set and party supporters from the African National Congress, Democratic Alliance (DA), Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Freedom Front Plus (FF-Plus) and Patriotic Alliance have come dressed in party regalia to discuss the local.



Resident, and FF-Plus supporter, Johanna Mayers says living in Eldorado Park has gone from bad to worse.

"[In] Eldorado Park, there is nothing going on here; no help for our children."

At the same time, resident and EFF ward councillor candidate Priscilla Brownley says the police aren't doing enough to arrest the drug dealers who are known by community members.

Residents say unemployment, lack of housing, drugs and crime are just some of the major challenges facing them.

They have complained of a lack development in the area, which gives very little hope for young people. Another resident says unemployment is a serious problem that brings up more challenges for the area.

"Why are drugs are a problem - it's because of the unemployment and also the land. That is our main concern currently; and the lights that keep on going off."

DA mayoral candidate for Johannesburg Herman Mashaba says his party has been successfully running the ward and the party plans to retain it.

The ward is led by the DA winning 84 percent of the votes in the last municipal election.

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