Amajuba Special Announcements
Anti-Drugs and Alcohol Abuse Campaign
Amajuba District Municipality working hand-in-hand with its partners led an awareness campaign against the use of drugs and abuse of alcohol on Tuesday the 20th of June 2017. The awareness campaign which took place in Newcastle, started with picketing at the taxi ranks, other strategic areas in the city. These picketings were followed by a march to the Richview Community Hall where discussions around the use of drugs and substance abuse were held.
The South African government developed a National Drug Master Plan which aims at eliminating drug use and the abuse of alcohol. The fight against the use of drugs and alcohol abuse needs our collective efforts as a society to be won. Hence the call to our communities to prevent, treat, rehabilitate, and accept those addicted to substances. This will help in breaking the stigma around substance and alcohol abuse. The criminal activities, abuse of women and children, are connected in one way or the other to the use of drugs and alcohol abuse. Inkosi Kubheka delivering a message of support sadly expressed how drugs were destroying our communities’ every day. “The drug phenomenon has a detrimental impact on social cohesion, healthcare, national security, and national stability”, said Mayor, Dr. Ngubane. The users of alcohol and illicit drugs are more prone to HIV/Aids, cancer, heart diseases, and psychological disorders. The need of arresting this unbecoming trend of using drugs and abusing alcohol remains a national concern.
“The complexity of drugs and substance abuse in our country demands a coordinated and highly integrated approach if the goal of achieving a drug-free society is to be achieved”, said Mayor, Dr. Ngubane. The testimonies given by recovering addicts were encouraging and gave a sense of hope for everyone who is enslaved by drugs and alcohol. The youth is the future of our country, the fact that the use of drugs and abuse of alcohol is rife amongst young people should challenge everybody to stand up and be counted in the fight against these. We must ensure that the generations to come after us inherit a strong, united, and a vibrant South Africa. The latter challenges us to have our meaningful contribution in promoting active citizenry in all aspects of our development.
The developmental agenda of local government suggests that we prioritise the social development of our people. It is our considered view that to champion social ills in our society, there is a need to promote and revive sporting activities, reading clubs, and a culture of Ubuntu. We call on our communities to report those selling drugs to our people, including dagga which may be seen as a harmless drug to most people because of our social orientation. We know that the fear of victimisation cannot be overlooked amongst those who can help the police to remove any form of drugs from our streets, but we urge our communities to be courageous and use anonymous tip-offs.
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Deputy Director: Public Relations
Mr Sbonelo Cebekhulu