Crackdown on drug abuse

2015-04-30 16:59

A MULTI-TASK

COMMITTEE, made up of people with expertise in a wide range of fields, has been set up to tackle the upsurge of substance abuse within the Goldfields.

The Matjhabeng Local Drug Action Committee (LDAC) is a joint initiative by the Free State Department of Social Development and the Matjhabeng Local Municipality.

It was launched on Wednesday, 25 March, in Welkom.

The committee is made up of 26 representatives of government entities and the private sector, as well as the community. The members were appointed by Sebenzile Ngangelizwe, mayor of the Matjhabeng Local Municipality.

The members’ term lasts five years, during which they are expected to implement programmes aimed at curbing the scourge of drug abuse in a coordinated and integrated way, in line with the National Drug Master Plan.

The LDAC aims to intensify programmes against substance abuse and drug trafficking.

Its tasks include the coordination of activities implemented by stakeholders like government departments, the private sector and non-governmental organisations, as well as faith-based organisations, in combating substance abuse and drug trafficking in the towns in the Matjhabeng Local Municipality.

It will also serve to advise the mayor of Matjhabeng on processes and programmes to follow for the rehabilitation of those affected and for curbing the abuse and trafficking of drugs.

Ngangelizwe lamented the rapid increase in the use and abuse of drugs by youth in the Goldfields, pointing out that Welkom, Virginia and Odendaalsrus remained a grave concern.

He said the abuse of drugs by youth resulted in irresponsible sexual behaviour, leading to the spread of life-threatening illnesses such as sexually transmitted diseases and HIV.

Ngangelizwe said the committee was an instrumental strategy that soughtto address the harm caused to individuals and society by drug abuse.

Lydia Radebe, chairperson of the LDAC, said an action plan would be implemented to tackle the scourge of drug abuse in a comprehensive and integrated approach which will educate the public about the risks of drug abuse and the prevention of the wide-spread use of drugs.

The members of the committee are: Lydia Radebe, Best Monyamane, Victor Rampine, Moeketse Malgas, Malefu Maqena-Potsane, Monokoane Sephiri, Diphoko Tsoaela, Ntsiuoa Motsoeneng, Panado Winnaar, William Masumpha, Limakatso Qakoshe, Moeketsi Moeketsi, Mamodupe Ledimo, Foyez Ullah, Nthabiseng Mokoena, Dr Hendriette Oberholzer, Aron Matsitsa, Tumi Selekoe, Sam Ditshoane, Thokozani Kumalo, Frank Maqam, David Senoge, Tshediso Sebueng, Berry Tshabangu, Madikano Mokoena and Maphumulo

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