HONOURABLE MAYOR CLLR V.V BAM ON A DRIVE TO COMBAT AND PROTECT CHILDREN FROM DRUG AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE AT SCHOOLS IN AMAJUBA DISTRICT
HONOURABLE MAYOR CLLR V.V BAM ON A DRIVE TO COMBAT AND PROTECT CHILDREN FROM DRUG AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE AT SCHOOLS IN AMAJUBA DISTRICT .
As the champion of the District Development Model (DDM) the honourable Mayor Cllr V.V Bam visited Sithobelumthetho Primary in Madadeni. The Mayor was accompanied by various government departments including the police department and Non-Profit organisations that are focused on fighting drug and substances abuse in addition to child protection.
Representatives from the police department emphasised that bullying and carrying of weapons at school is a serious offence along with drug and substance abuse and could led to imprisonment.
In the event that a child is raped and abused ,children are encouraged to seek for help near by government facilities such as Thuthuzela Care Centre or at a police station.
As the police department ,statistics have indicated that young children are involved in drug and substance abuse has increased and addressing the learners this morning the Mayor alluded that . “Drugs are dangerous and will destroy your future , your parents send you to school to prepare you for a bright future and not to be involved in criminal activity like gangsters. I am a mayor today but I was young like you before . I used to get up early to get to school because I loved school and respected my teachers. I never did drugs and I never carried weapons to school and I expect the same behavior from you.
Further addressing the Principal “Children need to be introduced to sports at school in order to be kept away from activities that involve drug and substances abuse in addition the mayor invited the principal to write down their challenges and identify children who need assistance so as the DDM champion intervention and solutions may be investigated.