Media release

Government saddened by the death of learners in KwaMashu

24 March 2016

24 March 2016

Government is saddened by the death of 2 people and hospitalisation of 32 people after they consumed an unidentified drug at a party in KwaMashu on Friday, 18 March 2016. The students took a drug known in the street as "data" or "umgwinyo", which had been passed around at the party. 

Acting Cabinet Spokesperson, Phumla Williams said, “Government sends its deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who died and a speedy recovery to those who were admitted to hospital. This is an unfortunate incident that should not have happened.  Everyone has the responsibility to address the issue of drug abuse in our communities, especially amongst our youngsters. “

Government has taken the lead in fighting substance abuse through various national initiatives   contained in its Anti-Substance National Plan of Action, which is a collective effort towards a South Africa that is free of drug abuse. The Department of Social Development has increased its footprint in communities by capacitating the community-based organisations to create awareness about substance abuse and assist with the referral of high risk users to treatment facilities for comprehensive assessment and treatment services.

“Government urges the community of kwaMashu to assist law enforcement agencies in their investigations on this case by contacting the police 0860 10111 so as to ensure that the perpetrators of drug dealing are brought to book,” said Williams.

Government encourages those struggling with drug and alcohol abuse to call Social Development toll free number 0800 428 428 or National Substance Abuse Helpline 0800 12 13 14 to receive counselling and assistance. 

Phumla Williams
Acting Cabinet Spokesperson
Cell: 083 501 0139 

Issued by: Government Communication and Information System (GCIS)

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