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Jabu Baloyi died a hero – Justice and Correctional Services minister Ronald Lamola

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Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola, has paid a glowing tribute to slain taxi driver Jabu Baloyi at the pre-launch meeting of the Tshwane anti-drug movement at Tshwane House.

The meeting was attended by various non-governmental organizations and different formations in Tshwane to tackle the scourge of drug abuse and the xenophobic attacks that recently took place in various cities including the capital city, Tshwane.

“I think all of us need to acknowledge that Jabu died a hero,” said Lamola, “but we cannot allow his death to be in vain. We need to ensure that we strengthen the justice system so that those found on the wrong side of the law are dealt with.”

Baloyi left behind three daughters, Kgaugelo, 21, Koketso, 15, and Kamogelo, 6.

His death sparked widespread violence in the city, during which businesses owned by foreign nationals were looted and burnt by taxi drivers.

“We will be making time to visit his family because we have read reports that the family is struggling and that we will see what contribution we can make to ensure that we assist we we can,” added Lamola.

“He died performing a national duty and it is a duty that we need to see in each and every South African.”

The anti-drug movement is in the process of being formerly constituted and a programme of action will be announced soon.

MEC for education in Gauteng Panyaza Lesufi blasted the police, saying that: “somewhere, somehow we need to accept that the police have failed us.”

“We are not saying that they are not doing anything about these issues but we are saying that instead of going forward we are reversing rather than going forward. Because those within your ranks and those within your institution they are taking this serious fight against drugs as a cash cow.

“It was not overnight that people who don’t have papers to operate businesses were allowed to operate business it was overtime. And we left it late. We will welcome when you go to Dragon City and other places, but you are doing it very late.”

Former drug dealer Lehlogonolo Letsoalo shared his story about a 18-year battle with drugs and urged different stakeholders to support addicts who want to quit.

“Those are our leaders and as long as someone is still alive, you must know that they still have s purpose,” said Letsoalo.

Tshwane mayor Stevens Mokgalapa has said he will give R100000 to the family of slain taxi driver Jabulani Baloyi, who was gunned down, allegedly by a drug dealer in the Pretoria CBD last month.

 

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