'It is no longer a community protest, it has turned into a criminal activity'

The west part of Johannesburg known as Westbury remains on lockdown. This is after residents in the early hours of Monday morning protested against high levels of gangsterism and alleged drug dealing in the area which is troubling the community.

The police minister Bheki Cele is expected to visit the area on Tuesday.

READ:Provincial Police Commissioner to meet the Westbury community

Chairperson of West Code Initiative Steven Segeels says the organisation is a development initiative that was started by a group of 'homeboys' who realised that there are issues in the area.

Because we come from that community and we felt that we have a responsibility to give back to the community.

Steven Segeels, Chairperson of West Code Initiative

He adds that the organisation was started to engage with pupils at different schools to identify the problems.

What we have come to realise is that there was a mention that there are no role models, there is no vision and people were very discouraged.

Steven Segeels, Chairperson of West Code Initiative

City of Johannesburg MMC for Public Safety Michael Sun says he can sense the frustration and anger of the Westbury residents.

I went in with my JMPD officers, we went into Westbury, but some of the things that we saw, it is no longer a community protest anymore, it has turned into a criminal activity and a lot of the mobs are destroying property.

Michael Sun, City of Johannesburg MMC Public Safety

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