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Crackdown on substance abuse

2012-05-02 22:46

Cape Town - Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini warned on Wednesday that the government intends tightening measures to curb substance abuse, including alcohol, this year.

Speaking in the National Assembly during debate on her budget vote, she referred to a substance abuse summit hosted by her department last year.

Research papers presented there showed drug and alcohol abuse were linked to ill-health and social disorders the world over, she said.

It was also shown that alcohol intoxication was associated with deaths arising from injuries and with increased risky sexual behaviour.

About 65% of murders in South Africa were associated with social behaviour largely fuelled by alcohol abuse.

Pursuant to the outcomes of this summit, the inter-ministerial committee (IMC) on substance abuse would consolidate its legislative review initiatives this year, Dlamini said.

These would focus on banning alcohol advertising, raising the age limit for alcohol consumption from 18 to 21, and closing illegal shebeens and those located near schools and "places of worship".

"The IMC will heighten its public awareness efforts working with Love Life, Soul City, and other social partners highlighting the social costs associated with the harmful use of alcohol."

Dlamini welcomed initiatives by civil society groups in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal to convert shebeens into community centres.

The department further intended to intensify its fight against substance abuse by strengthening its campaigns to target vulnerable groups, she said.

Comments
  • Sivuyile - 2012-05-02 23:00

    Take Mozambique as an example. Those people utilise alcohol but in very suttle manner. There are strict laws which r serverely punishable for, yet the people enjoy themselves in any case. Less crime, violence etc. SAs' alcohol has no laws at all, hence this dilemma.

      JevonMarshallJohnson - 2012-05-02 23:23

      In Mozambique you can buy beer in the street on almost every corner. REAL tough laws those.

      Sean - 2012-05-02 23:48

      Maybe they should clamp down harder on government funds abuse !

      superjunglejane - 2012-05-03 07:20

      Mozambique is seen as the gateway for drugs to enter Africa. The US has sanctioned one of their folk heroes (who built them a mall...) because he was identified as a drug king pin. Nope, lets not take Mozambique for example.

      Lotus - 2012-05-03 13:21

      Mozambique?my friends and I go there to get drunk on the sandy white beaches of tofu,you buy vodka from street vendors right on the beach,which mozambique are you talking about?

  • Crracker - 2012-05-02 23:12

    Rather do something real to remove the misery people live under. Of course the downtrodden and the hopeless ones would rather suffer their miseries inebriated. They are not so lucky to get up in the morning with an income, some self-respect and a purpose in life. The don't drive around in luxury cars and frequent bars for the well-to-do. Let's get some perspective. We know by now what does not work. Stop catering to the likes of the SACP and the trade unions. It's almost like opposition to euthanasia. Let them the victims suffer! Who would want to stay sober and sex-free under the horrible circumstances many find themselves in in this country? But not only here in SA. What do the leaders of the African continent countries think about and discuss when they meet? Does it never occur to them that we here in South Africa must burden the nonsense to our north? Rather give people liquor at cost price and free dagga. It would be far more humane and at least give them some taste (imaginary, but that's also alright) of the high life the elite enjoy. Now the misery of the sufferers must be increased. Enjoy your misery in sobriety! For once throw the rubbish and their ideas that inhibit economic growth out of positions of power, be they politicians or senior public servants. But no, we would rather make it more miserable for the plebs. You lot are playing with fire!

      JevonMarshallJohnson - 2012-05-02 23:25

      AMEN!

  • Corrie Brits - 2012-05-02 23:19

    Empty threats and promises where they will squander millions to accomplish nothing. Rather look into the reason people drink and abuse other substances. like poverty etc.....!!!

      Squeegee - 2012-05-03 07:50

      You are right. You cannot legislate morality. In our immoral, godless society we need values, standards, ethics and ... faith.

  • JevonMarshallJohnson - 2012-05-02 23:23

    Surprised they didn't throw Marijuana in there as usual. Scary that the legal drugs are more dangerous than illegal ones. #GREED

  • Sharon - 2012-05-02 23:49

    "government intends tightening measures to curb substance abuse, including alcohol, this year." Is she referring to parliament or the general public? I'm not sure, because she did not mention cake...

  • Joseph - 2012-05-03 00:53

    I rather use marijuana than alcohol feel much better in the morning. they should legalize it to have better control over the hardcore drugs and generate an income by growing it for exports and do research for its medicinal values but the big pharmaceutical companies won't allow that. won't it be nice growing your own medicine in your backyard hahaaa. just a thought.

      Marion - 2012-05-03 08:04

      I would like to see them legalize marijuana for the simple reason that it would also legalize growing hemp. Hemp could lead to job creation in SA. Something we desperately need. I'm all for tightening alcohol legislation. Seen enough drunks in my life to know it ruins lives. And I'm not only talking about the poor. Ban tv adverts for alcohol to start with. TV is saturated with alcohol ads during prime time viewing. Would hate to be a recovering alcoholic being bombarded with, and tempted by, adverts showing me how lekker it is to drink.

      Msika - 2012-05-03 11:44

      Both (@Joseph and @Morion) you folks a high, right?

  • George - 2012-05-03 01:36

    Watch. Won't happen. That Johhny Walker Black is an essential cANCer lubricant!

  • Lionel - 2012-05-03 04:01

    Crackdown? LOL! Our govt is not capable of this - same as the carnage on our roads - more of the same BS.

  • Dennis - 2012-05-03 05:21

    O M G Another ANC rocket scientist !!! Glass houses Bathabile Dlamini, glass houses !!!

  • Gavin Madlolo - 2012-05-03 05:39

    AMEN! do they hav a clue on hw work for the people, bannin of adverts and havin to pay for those who wil jobless after that. Minister plz get sumthng else to do

  • Carry - 2012-05-03 06:06

    THIS anc CAN CRACKDOWN ON A LOT OF OTHER THINGS TOO - ESPECIALLY WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT. WITH FRAUD IN THE BILLIONS - THIS COULD SORT OT THINGS LIKE ROAD REPAIR, LEAVING THE FUEL LEVY TO OTHER NECESSARY USAGE. SUBSTANCE ABUSE IS A PROBLEM - BUT IT IS VERY MUCH RELATED TO CRIME. FIND THE SUPPLIERS AND PUSHERS FIRST. MAKE THE DRUGS UNAVAILABLE FIRST. AND THE CRIMINALS ....... SOMETHING MUST BE DONE ABOUT THEM - AS LOCKING THEM UP IS NOT HELPING. IN MOST CASES THEY JUST ESCAPE, OR NOWADAYS JUST GET SET FREE BECAUSE OF PRISON OVER CROWDING. HOW TO GET RID OF THEM, THAT'S THE PROBLEM.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-03 07:52

      Don't shout at us. Learn to type....

  • Vic - 2012-05-03 07:12

    What about government alcohol abuse? When it's party time, only the best Johnny Walker Blue Label and French Champagne. That money could be spent on food parcels for the poor.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-05-03 07:18

    and what about the long jumper who admitted to TIK abuse as "recreational" he should be banned and not allowed to compete. No medal is worth kids looking up at TIK druggies!!!

      Martin - 2012-05-03 07:37

      I know a few tik addicts who are no danger to anyone but themselves, they work, pay tax, everything they are supposed to do, except they find release in their poison, i know cos i have been there, drugs do not make people bad, bad people on drugs are bad...i do agree with your statement however, kids should not be subjected to it, and that athlete is retarded in saying such things, there is no going back once you start hard drugs, ever, its always part of you.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-03 07:54

      Martin, you are obviously pro-drug. Next time write before you smoke it up, your arguments are non-nonsensical. You are no better than a pedophile justifying his perversion.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-03 07:55

      * Nonsensical

      Martin - 2012-05-03 08:12

      im not pro drug, im pro not being blinded by crap i hear other people talk, i make my own mind up on things, i judge people by their actions not their vices

      Alaric - 2012-05-03 11:51

      @Martin, you are nonsensical and arrogant enough to believe you have any right to judge anybody. And to all the other uninformed people out there, substance abuse leads to crime not vice-versa. Most comments here just justify an addicts abuse of his substance, that lie is usually left to the people that abuse the substance. They do not abuse because they are poor, more often than not they are poor because they abuse substances.

      sachasea - 2012-05-03 15:56

      You are so incredibly wrong there Alaric. DRUG PROHIBITION leads to crime!!! Educate yourself a little and get with the times. We live in 2012 not the 1940's. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6t1EM4Onao

  • Eben - 2012-05-03 08:12

    With a face like that I wouldn't bust alcohol. Only way that she will get a date.

  • Ayesha - 2012-05-03 08:14

    it all starts @ home. raise your kids with unconditional love, high values, good morals and an awareness of GOD. Don't blame poverty or unemployment. the rich and famous are also addicts. all and any forms of addictive substances will be banned when i become the president of this country

      Lotus - 2012-05-03 08:23

      That is why I won't vote for you ayesha

      Alaric - 2012-05-03 11:53

      You need to learn a bit about addiction before you make stupid remarks like that.

  • philip.venter1 - 2012-05-03 08:29

    Not this again. Increasing the age limit won't help anyone. All that will change is I will ask my friends who are over 21 to buy my alcohol for me instead of buying it myself. Age limits have never stopped anyone from obtaining something if they really wanted it and neither has the legal status of a substance. The government can be receiving tax on cannabis but they refuse to legalize it even after it has been proven that it is less harmful to the human body than both alcohol and cigarettes. Instead money is being wasted on imprisoning people who sell and use the substance while alcohol and tobacco remains legal.

  • Henry - 2012-05-03 08:30

    Our 'double standard' government is starting trouble again. How on earth can it crackdown on subtance abuse, whereas it generates more taxation on substances like tobacco, alcohol

  • Harold - 2012-05-03 08:52

    She hosted a summit on substance abuse last year to discover what her government was told 18 years ago. That alcohol is a dangerous substance that should be controlled.Her government instituted the shebeen community and Currently her political party are the biggest party givers where the largest amount of alcohol and dagga are consumed in the country. This is just talk nothing more will happen. Some of the biggest drunks in the country are in parliament, You only have to look at thier faces after lunch to see thw alcohol oozaing out their brows. Imagine no alchol at her next politoical rally.

  • Beverley - 2012-05-03 09:25

    I believe the answer is Vitalsberg 0.0%, available from June 2012 in Johannesburg, visit www.vitalsberg.co.za

  • Brett - 2012-05-03 09:43

    Couldn't you rather curb corruption and nepotism?

  • 15.AndrewBotha - 2012-05-03 09:54

    I love how the governments study, shows that 65% of murders are alchahol related but the police cant even solve 65% of the murders that take place. so where are these figures coming from?just another way to slap on more taxes for lining government officials pockets...

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-03 10:15

    Surely the government must realise that we can see through them or are they simply too dof.

  • Gerhard - 2012-05-03 11:15

    The ANC could not curb Mrs. Beetroot and Garlic

  • elkita.robbertse - 2012-05-03 11:53

    Is Dlamini crying or lying on the photo.

  • Pacific - 2012-05-03 12:01

    Substance is not the problem. It is the mentality of the broader scope of SA population. Where else in the world to people rape babies? Catch my drift? Only in SA. Unfortunately we have the most barbaric homo sapiens on earth residing amongst us!

  • Loo - 2012-05-03 12:52

    YET !!! at the ANC party it was given out by the Galons ?? mmmmmmmmm

  • Etienne - 2012-05-03 12:57

    who is going to sponser sport events or teams? are we as tax payers going to foot the bill as well ? another e toll for sports? sport will surely go down to 2nd class competitionS WITH 2ND CLASS TEAMS YEAH

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