Media release

Government intensifies its fight against drug abuse

03 June 2013

3 June 2013

Government is encouraged by the turnaround that is occurring in Eldorado Park, and urges other communities to work together with law enforcement agencies to clamp down on suspected drug kingpins.

As we celebrate Youth Month under the theme: Working Together for Youth Development and a Drug Free South Africa, Government has taken the lead in fighting substance abuse through various national initiatives and programmes, such as the Anti-Substance National Plan of Action, which is a collective effort towards a South Africa that is free of drug abuse.  The plan focusses on enabling policy and legislation; supply reduction; demand reduction; and strengthening the role of civil society in this struggle.

To date, the IMC on Combating Substance Abuse has made headway in a number of interventions such as reviewing the Ke Moja Drug Awareness Programme- which is meant to educate, create awareness and provide youth with skills to deal with substance abuse challenges and related social ills.

Government has noted that violent incidents are still occurring in other areas, and urges all communities to come forward with any information that will assist law enforcement agencies to bring the perpetrators to book.

Acting GCIS CEO, Phumla Williams said, “whilst there are many interventions that are underway, an integrated approach is needed, which requires community members coming to the forefront and divulging information to put an end to this scourge. Government is committed to rid our society of substance abuse which is the cause of numerous social problems.”

We urge parents, relatives and other community structures to play a role in raising awareness and to provide support to those affected,” said Williams.

Phumla Williams
Cell: 083 501 0139

Issued by: Government Communication and Information System (GCIS)

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