A few months ago, a collective body of organisations was formed with an aim to fight against gangsterism and drugs in Cape Town. The United Front Against Gangsters and Drugs (UFAGAD) consists of the Economic Freedom Fighters, the Pan African Congress, Azanian Peoples Organisation, People Against Gangsterism and Drugs, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and other organisations and NGO’s. Pagad leader, Abdus Salaam Ebrahim said the union was based on the mutual aims and if political party the EFF compromised the principles of the mandate, their union may be reassessed.
EFF regional coordinator, Lephallo Mohoto, who serves as the public relations officer for UFAGAD, said the police are “sleeping with the enemies” in the Western Cape. He says that the organisation was established to root out crime and gangsterism.
They feel that the scourge can only defeated if they are united with other organisations, but that police need to be pro active and “wake up”.
“We want our community free. We want our children to go to school safely and have a brighter future especially in the Western Cape.”
Sunday saw UFAGAD’s national council elected and campaigns will be rolled out through out the country. Mohoto said tackling the problem also means that police need to do their job efficiently and “must not protect the gangsters”.
“In the past few days the goal keeper Senzo Meyiwa got shot and the police offered a reward. They were efficient. Why ca’s they operate like that on a daily basis? Why must they only do that for superstars?” he asks.
Mohoto has invited community members and other organisations to join the front to take action. His message to the drug Mafias was loud and clear.
“Their days are numbered.” VOC (Nishta Sookdiyal)