“I only use drugs, I don’t sell it.”
These were the words of a man who got a visit from Pagad (People against Gangsterism and Drugs) and gatvol Mitchells Plain residents over the weekend, demanding he stop selling drugs.
A video of the incident has gone viral but Fazlur Parker, 37, from Westridge says he is being targeted by Westridge Neighbourhood Watch chairperson Wayne Fisher.
“He is a bully who has been calling cops on me but they find nothing. Pagad threatened to shoot our dog and the people they came with are not from our road. They got people from around the area and came here.”
The Daily Voice visited Wayne’s house on Monday but his wife, who is also his secretary, said he was not available and declined to provide his contact information.
On Saturday, about 50 residents and members of Pagad rocked up at Fazlur’s house to issue their warning and hold a prayer meeting in the street.
Fazlur and his wife Amina have been living at the house in Elsenburg Street for the past seven years. The house belongs to Amina’s parents.
Pagad member Zoghrah Kriel said she was approached by members of the community on Saturday, requesting Pagad’s intervention.
“The complaint is that a person living in the area is dealing with drugs. He is not dealing from his house but a nearby section known as 'Die Bos' as I'm told,” she said.
“A concerned member of this community had an altercation with him last week where he pulled a knife on him, thus the reason he called on Pagad.
“We will not tolerate seeing our kids get lured into drugs because of their greed.
“Strange elements are increasing in the community and members of the community want to nip it in the bud.”
She said they were aware of more drug dealers in the area, but due to the current Covid-19 restrictions in place, they went to the home of only one.
“No doubt the message will filter through to the others,” she said.
But Fazlur insists he is not a mert, though he smokes tik and dagga: “I am only using and not selling.
“The police were here this morning (Monday) and they found nothing. They even said I look like a user, not a dealer.”
His wife Amina also defended him. “I took a day off to go report this to the police because my husband is not a drug dealer.
“The neighbourhood watch is behind this and they want to chase away my husband from Mitchells Plain by making false accusations.
“They said they have evidence but they could not recognise my husband when they were here until we pointed him out. They said I am a druggie too yet I do not use drugs.”