Residents unite against ­drug abuse

2017-04-05 06:03
Residents of Heidedal march against substance abuse on Human Rights Day. Photo: Supplied

Residents of Heidedal march against substance abuse on Human Rights Day. Photo: Supplied

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Residents of Heidedal in Bloemfontein have urged the mayor of the Mangaung Metro, Olly Mlamleli, to urgently implement metro police in the city to strengthen the fight against substance abuse.

On Human Rights Day (21/03), more than 4 000 locals marched to the Heide­dal police station to hand over a memorandum requesting police and the city to intensify measures against drug abuse.

Dressed in black to mourn the community’s victims of substance abuse, marchers said Heidedal is waging a serious battle against drugs.

The chairperson of the Heidedal Local Drug Action Committee (HLDAC), Gregory Werner, said the organisation has already initiated awareness campaigns and training programmes in collaboration with the Foundation for a Drug-Free World.

In March 2016, former metro mayor Thabo Manyoni launched a local anti-drug committee to steer the munici­pality’s fight against drug abuse in its region.

Mlamleli told locals she could relate to the pain of seeing loved ones languishing under substance abuse.

The mayor said the demands mentioned in the memorandum would be followed up by the government.

Some of the demands made by the HLDAC include installation of surveillance cameras at drug hotspots and enforcing by-laws in dealing with derelict buildings in Heidedal that are being used for drug peddling.

Residents also want the metro to expedite the completion of the Billy Murison sporting facilities to encourage children to participate in sport instead of using drugs.

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