Dept Social Development must address drug and substance abuse in eMalahleni

Motion without notice by Jane Sithole DA MPL, in the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature, on 06 March 2015 during the Premier’s response to the debate of the State of the Province Address: TLP Emalahleni:

Hon. Speaker


I rise to move a motion without notice on behalf of the Democratic Alliance, noting that:


The DA is highly concerned over government’s inability to address the scourge of drug and substance abuse around the eMalahleni area. I was a Councillor in this very Municipality for thirteen and half years and as a resident of eMalahleni, I know and everyone sitting in this house today is very much aware of how drugs are destroying our youth in eMalahleni.


To date, there is no in-patient or rehabilitation centre in the whole of Nkangala region.  Addicts are referred to the Swartfontein centre near White River which is the only state owned rehabilitation centre in the Province.


I move that this house:


  • Compel the department of Social Development to prioritise this matter before our young people perish for good.
  • I urge the department of Social Development to put a plan of action on the table that will see in-patients rehabilitation centre being opened in eMalahleni.


The whole province cannot rely on one in-patient drug rehabilitation centre. SANCA, as an out-patient facility and other NGO’s are trying their level best but this government is failing them.


I so move.