‘Root out drug dealers’

2012-07-10 12:55

The “chemical warfare” waged in the country by drug dealers should stop, Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel said.

“Can we mobilise South Africans across the country... can we make a call on people to identify the drug dealers,” he said in Johannesburg today.

Manuel, who heads the National Planning Commission, said drugs were causing the destruction of families and of communities.

“What stands between many South Africans and a better life is the chemical warfare against our youngsters.”

Manuel was speaking at event to mark the fifth anniversary of the Crime Line anonymous tip-off service, run by the police and Talk Radio 702.

He said problems with drugs were not limited to their consumption and sale.

“It’s about the destruction of families...theft in the street, theft in the neighbourhood.

“Nothing and nobody is allowed to have any possessions and everybody is caught in that downward spiral,” he said.

Drugs caused warfare against youths and gangsterism.

“We will fail unless we get to the root of it,” he continued.

He said people spoke of crime affecting potential foreign direct investment, but the effects were closer to home.

“The first targets of the petty gangsters in townships are those who have pulled themselves up by the bootstraps and have invested in a small medium or micro enterprise,” he said.

He recommended that to mark former president Nelson Mandela’s birthday on July 18, people should disclose the names of drug dealers.

The police could not be left to “fight the war” alone, he said.

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