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.
- SAPA
Read more on:    bathabile dlamini  |  narcotics
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
45 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
Investment tips you need to know 2015-01-29 14:07

Ever wondered how to assess your future potential liability? Feroz Basa, Senior Portfolio Manager Old Mutual Investment Group, weighs in on all the investment tips you need to know. WATCH.

/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Games on Sale!

Save up to 60% on selected games. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Mood swings and emotional rollercoaster rides are still on the cards for most of today. The most important thing is to consciously...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.