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Diepsloot residents resilient despite high unemployment and crime

Drug use among the youth, high crime and unemployment continue to plague the Diepsloot community, located in the north of Johannesburg.

702's John Robbie spoke to convenor of Greater SMME Forum and Works, Peter Molatjane, about the challenges that businesses face in their neighbourhood.

Listen to the interview below:

Surely, there is still more to be done like housing. It's an international village so you can imagine how many people come here for greener pastures.

Peter Molatjane, Greater SMME Forum and Works

Molatjane said despite the suffering in the neighbourhood, Diepsloot residents have an entrepreneurial spirit and are always looking for ways to improve their livelihoods.

In another interview, John spoke to Diepsloot police station commander, Koena Moichela, who has occupied the position for 3 months.

He identified domestic violence, drug use among youth as the major challenges facing authorities in the area.

Listen to the interview below:

We are just strengthening police activities on the road, we are engaging various partnerships with community groups.

Colonel Koena Moichela, Diepsloot Police Station Commander

The Diepsloot police station opened earlier this year after an 8-year delay. Moichela said officials are doing their best with the resources at their disposal.

We are providing leadership. My issue here, along with my deputies, is that we must lead by example... There are no excuses here.

Colonel Koena Moichela, Diepsloot Police Station Commander
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