Join march against drug and substance abuse among youth - CSAF

2016-11-16 06:00

SCHOOL children will be finishing writing exams at the end of November and this time of being idle, known as “Pens Down”, will be a breeding ground for young people to turn to substance abuse.

This is a major cause for concern to the Community for Substance and Drug Abuse Forum (CSAF), a non-governmental organisation formed by residents from New Brighton and KwaZakhele townships.

“We are an organisation working under Local Drug and Substance Abuse, a body that is assisting communities in the war against these ills that destroy family units,” said CSAF Treasurer Nomthandazo Raba (54).

According to Raba, CSAF will hold a meeting in New Brighton today (November 16) to finalise preparations for the Road Show they planned for Wednesday, November 30.

Through the roadshow, she said, they planned to create awareness about the dangers of drug and substance abuse as commonplace among school-going children.

In the survey they conducted through a questionnaire among learners of at least eight high schools in the two townships, Raba said, they discovered the severity of the problem.

According to Raba, the survey was only the tip of the iceberg.

Since many young people were involved in drug and substance abuse they felt it was incumbent upon CSAF to persuade them – through this awareness campaign - to stop it while they still could.

“The march, to be led by the march and drill students organised by police, will start at Nangoza Jebe Hall in New Brighton, at 9am and end at Daku Hall, KwaZakhele, around 1pm,” said Raba.

He added that speakers will come from the Ernest Malgas Drug Rehabilitation Centre, SANCA, Correctional Services, SAPS and Social Development Department.

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