PLANS are being put in place to save this town from drugs, magoshas (prostitutes) and potholes. Vereeniging, in the Vaal, was once a good town but old houses have been turned into brothels, drugs are being sold on street corners and the roads are bad.
However, Emfuleni municipal spokesman Stanley Gaba said the council was working hard to fix the little town.
“The municipality is working with all partners, including the cops, to conduct unannounced visits to fight crime and prostitution,” he said.
According to Gaba, Home Affairs and other departments would also take part in the raids.
He said the municipality’s legal and finance departments were working on identifying unoccupied and neglected buildings and their owners to bill them for services used.
“Unidentified and abandoned houses will be demolished and services will be permanently disconnected,” he said.
Gaba said a team of workers from the municipality would visit Vereeniging this week as part of mayor Mahole Mofokeng’s “Back to Basics – Restoration of our Dignity” programme.
“The programme will focus on providing better services to the town, including cutting grass in parks and fixing potholes,” he said.
Police spokesman Captain Fikile Funda said there were planned operations to fight crime. During previous raids, Metro cops and officials from Home Affairs and the South African Revenue Service carried out surprise visits to known brothels. Some of the magoshas were found in their underwear while others were naked when cops pounced on them.
The prostitutes told councillors and cops they were from all over the country, including QwaQwa in the Free State, Randfontein in Gauteng, KZN and the Eastern Cape.