800 kids taken from parents

2012-07-03 09:15
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Cape Town - More than 800 children have been taken from their parents and put in foster care in the first 5 months of the year.

Eyewitness News reported that this increase in parental neglect was a concern to the provincial government.

Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz said: “There is something very wrong with the way we are dealing with family, domestic violence and sexual violence in communities.”

Drug abuse is said to be one of the biggest causes of problems in Cape Town communities.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille last week launched a drug abuse awareness campaign in order to curb the crisis.

"Given the unique problems in Western Cape, where you have high instances of substance abuse running concurrently with high instances of gangsterism ... that could call for a specific focus on a strategy attacking gangsterism and substance abuse at the same time," said Tertius Cronje of the SA National Council on Alcoholism in the Western Cape.

The UN recently announced that South Africa was becoming one of the biggest exporters of tik or methamphetamine, reported the Timeslive.co.za.

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