Zille takes on drug kingpins

2012-02-17 16:02
Cape Town - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has vowed to fight drug abuse by continuing to lobby for the return of specialised police drug units.

She said in her state of the province address in Cape Town that the flow of drugs should be stemmed at the source.

Government and law enforcement agencies should send a clear message to drug kingpins that authorities would not stand back while they targeted the country's children.

"This is why our government believes the reinstatement of specialised drug and gang units by the SA Police Service is a policing need and priority for the Western Cape."

Zille said drugs, especially tik, was one of the main drivers of violent crime.

There had been a sharp increase in the number of patients requiring hospitalisation for drug abuse.

Zille said R67.4m would be budgeted to fight substance abuse.

Over 4 800 places would offer subsidised drug treatment programmes and 18 new treatment centres would be built.

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