[LISTEN] Westbury residents describe tensions in the area

Police have fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse protesters in Sophiatown.

The community took to the streets on Monday morning to protests against drugs, gangsterism and crime.

Last week, a woman was killed in Westbury and a 10-year-old injured during a shooting suspected to be gang-related near Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital.

Callers on the open line on the Eusebius McKaiser Show reflected and gave solutions to the situation in that community.

The tension is like a fuse at the moment. The problem in that area is that it is controlled by gangs and drug dealers and they are supported by the Saps. The police are being paid and they are taking bribes.

Gram, Caller

As much as the media is portraying this as violence in Westbury, these are families that are really desperate to get a change in their situations. As coloured people in South Africa, I do think we are marginalised.

Eiden, Caller

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We have a street group in our area and this has been a constant discussion. The spillover from Westbury is hitting our suburb. We are in the firing line. Our houses are being burgled and people are attacked every day.

Mimi, Caller

We have the same problem everywhere. Our counsellor is busy on Facebook and taking selfies and he doesn't want to take any responsibility, he keeps blaming the National government.

Shaheed, Caller

I feel that the police are very very involved with the drug addicts. I live in Westbury and you find that police stop at the merchant's house and they come out, pay them and nothing happens to them. We know how they are but we can't report because the police are in cohorts with the drug dealers.

Jenny, Caller

Here are some tweets on the situation in Westbury...

Listen to what other callers had to say here:


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