Bongani Bingwa describes his visit to Westbury amid violent protests

After residents in the early hours of Monday morning protested against high levels of gangsterism and alleged drug dealing in Westbury which is troubling the community, the area remains on lockdown.

Breakfast Host Bongani Bingwa who visited the area on Monday night had this to say:

I saw first hand and heard from frustrated and angry residents and community leaders about their concerns and their experiences.

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host

Bheki Cele as you know is going to be in that community this morning, he is going to address them and they said they are not standing down until somebody of his seniority shows up to come and speak to them.

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host

Bingwa adds that he saw a female driver trying to enter the area via a section of Hay Avenue and her car was pelted with rocks and stones as the police watched. she had been warned that she was entering at her own risk.

The anger is palpable from Reiger Park to Eldorado Park, to Coronation and now Westbury and the residents are saying all they are is voting fodder for various political parties who show up trying to get their votes and then ignore them once elections are over.

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host

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

He says these protests are really a cry for help.

It is unclear to me what assurances would be enough from Bheki Cele this morning. I am not quite sure what he will say to assuage their rage and it is a rage born out of a clear awareness that there are in fact no easy answers to the problems that they face.

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host

He says people were telling him that the community knows who the perpetrators are.

You are not going to turn in your family members, that you likely depend on, that you love and that you might even be afraid of.

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host

Bingwa says there are also allegations that the police are working with these drug dealers and even if you were going to turn in those people, they would find out that you lay the charge.

My question is when will we start thinking differently about substance abuse?

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host

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