Hendrika Kruger MPL
Spokesperson on Social Development
A nine year old Centurion Primary School pupil was caught dealing drugs highlights the drastic need for intervention from both the Gauteng Community Safety and Social Development Departments in the war against drugs in Gauteng schools.
The Beeld report this morning further indicated the increasing prevalence of drug use and dealing among primary and high school learners in Centurion. According to a recent survey 73% of young people between the ages of 13 – 34 claimed to know a drug dealer, while two-thirds of those aged 13 – 14 said they knew someone who used drugs. These figures stress the severity of the rampant and increasing impact of illegal drugs on the youth of Gauteng, while the strategies of the Education, Social Development and Community Safety Departments remain ineffectual and yield very little real results. We are yet to see the impact of the so-called integrated provincial anti-substance abuse strategy of the Gauteng Social Development Department.
A year has passed and still MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza remains silent on what steps her department will be taking to root out drug abuse in the province. I will request detailed information from all three departments involved, in particular on the extent of youth drug abuse in schools and the strategies and partnerships between these departments to address it effectively.
The DA in Gauteng will continue to lobby the Gauteng Provincial Government to prioritise the war on drugs, especially among the youth.