MEC Mazibuko should prioritise new drug rehab centres

Refiloe Nt’sekhe MPL

DA Shadow MEC for Social Development

The closure of an illegal drug rehabilitation centre in Tshwane by Gauteng Social Development MEC, Faith Mazibuko, is indicative of a much greater issue in Gauteng.

Drug related issues and crime continue to plague communities across the province, and groups such as the youth and unemployed are particularly vulnerable.

While much responsibility falls with the Department of Community Safety to implement specialised drug units to combat the scourge, it is vital that we provide those people who are willing to overcome their addiction with appropriate facilities.

The DA-governed Western Cape has spent more than R40 million over the past five years in upgrading and building drug rehabilitation centres in the province. By 2012, the province had increased the number of centres to 24 across the province, from only seven in 2009.

I will be submitting questions to MEC Mazibuko to determine what plans, if any, her department has to expand and develop drug rehabilitation centres in Gauteng.

The MEC must show that she is serious about providing a comprehensive and appropriate plan to help those who have been affected by this issue.