COLUMN: We need to find a way to fight the drugs that are a menace

2016-10-27 06:00
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I have a problem! You have a problem! We have a problem!

I have a problem because my beloved daughter has fallen victim to drug abuse.

My brothers and sisters have become slaves of the drug that is destroying their lives. I have an older distant cousin who cannot help himself any longer because he is heavily into this drug.

I look around trying to find solutions as to how this can be curbed before my whole family is destroyed. I curse the day that this drug was introduced into the fold of our communities.

I curse the people who are happily and unashamedly benefiting from killer drugs. It is destroying a family legacy. That is my problem!

You have a problem in that you are sitting there watching and doing nothing. You know the hubs and where these drugs are coming from and yet you continue on your normal day-to-day business because it has not hit you yet.

We have become accustomed to the philosophy that if it does not affect me personally, then it is not my problem.

Isizwe sakhiwa ngumntu wonke. This is our problem!

We have a problem as a society in that our young sons and daughters are falling for dreaded drugs.

We see them walking around like “corpses” and continuously deteriorating. We are scared to carry our phones in public anymore because with drugs comes criminal elements that will stop at nothing to support their addiction.

What do we do? Do we watch while the future of our kids is being destroyed? Do we blame the government for issues like these too?

The longer we keep our mouths shut, the more damage these killer drugs will inflict onto our society.

If we do not take note, we will see this being the future or a norm that in order to be an “outie” or “uclever” you must smoke or take drugs.

Remember, we are dealing with drugs of a more potent nature than “isthwiga”. With the drugs of today, there is too much dependency and for 9 out of 10 users, there is no turning back.

Do you see the are challenges that lie ahead and how do you can help.

For those kids out there who have not started using drugs, please stay there.

Ndibuhlungu ngabo selebengenile kodwa likhona ithemba. Kwabo bakufutshane nakum this is the way I chose to share intlungu yam in the hope that this will help change your minds.

We can build the nation, and I may not have a plan yet. But enough is enough!

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