Zuma wants action on substance abuse

2011-02-08 21:39

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has called for "concerted action" to deal with the abuse of alcohol and drugs in Mitchells Plain.

Zuma said in a speech at the Sultan Bahu Treatment Centre in Mitchells Plain on Tuesday that he was concerned that the abuse of alcohol and drugs was becoming a fashionable part of the lives of "some" children.

"Statistics indicate that the age of experimentation with drugs is nine years, which is way too disturbing," Zuma said in the speech which was attended by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille.

"We have seen in some communities that some children drink alcohol on their way to school.

"This calls for concerted action amongst all of us as parents and community members. We must work together to curb the spread of substance abuse in our communities."

Zuma said the government had a duty to build recreational facilities and improve the quality of life for communities, so that poverty did not breed the "proliferation of drugs and the abuse of other substances".

"We are pleased to note action being taken by communities and individuals to fight substance abuse and educate our children and families.

Zuma said he was concerned about the high numbers of pregnant women who were abusing alcohol on farms in the Western Cape and parts of the Northern Cape.

"The impact on the unborn child is devastating," he said.

Zuma said most in-patient treatment centres were not accessible to majority of patients and were found mostly in the cities.

"We therefore must find a way of extending them to rural and informal settlements, especially in the light of rising demand for treatment services," he said.

"However, the out-patient treatment services are also available, and have ensured that patients receive treatment while remaining in their communities and families."

  • wattalotokak - 2011-02-08 21:52

    Is this guy for real? Does he ALWAYS see this ONLY when there is time for voting??? what a deepshit...

      Neville - 2011-02-08 22:09

      Sooooooooooooooooooo TRUE

      George - 2012-05-03 02:00

      What if the cANCer crowd stop abusing that substance called public MONEY. They are all hopelessly addicted to it.

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-02-08 22:09

    Of course this twat would mention this on the Cape Flats, he is trying to win the so - called brown vote & remove the DA. Watch this space for many more spastic attacks on the DA. (If he is so concerned by substance abuse amongst 'children', he should focus on JuJu and his youthful cohorts...

  • Perfume - 2011-02-08 22:12

    Sorry shower to power the Coloureds aint gonna vote ANC they prefer voting for the opposition "hell"

  • Francois - 2011-02-08 23:03

    Thank you mr President. You can start off by complimenting the premier of the Western Cape for reducing the hours that alcohol is available in residential areas and you can compliment the uncircumsized inyesi boy Malema for setting such a great example in leaving a cocktail bar completely sober at 22h00 without splurging money on Johnny Walker Blue label and eating sushi off lady's semi - naked body. Two great example right there in government. 100% Zuluboy, I might have exagerated a bit on the second one, it was figurative speech like the one in which you figuratively compared yourself to God.

  • Zakhele - 2011-02-09 06:57

    In KZN Mr Makize doesn't eat our food unless it has some hot indian spicies.

  • AJ - 2011-02-09 07:04

    Look even though it is a DA province, Zuma is the SA president and of course he has a right to be concerned about this area. This is not for DA Supporters to get their knickers in a twist about. Is this only for election purposes, yes, is Zuma an absolutely terrible president, yes, but we need to separate those emotions from this instance. Many bemoan the addiction issues Mitchell's Plain faces, so why should he not be one of them?

  • Zakhele - 2011-02-09 07:49

    Could you please find a way to forgive me for my uncalled outburst? I was really not thinking straight; perhaps I started being my real self by accessing my logical, rational and effective left brain instead of using and accessing my creative and emotional right brain. I tried to retract these comments the whole night but all was in vain. A bottle of Jack Daniels whiskey got the better of me. Please find it from the bottom of your hearts to forgive me guys, I am only human. Love you all citizens of the world. Remember the international business theory tells us the world is converging into a global village. My comments were really uncalled for. But what can we say? When you have booze you tend to say whatever comes first in your mind. Please forgive me?

  • Podgette - 2011-02-09 08:46

    Our dahling president who only gives a shit when it is time to troll for votes!

  • Kevin Rack - 2011-02-09 09:28

    Zuma should know about the drugs since his man Selebi was implicated with some pretty big drug dealers. Mafias are rampant Jacob, please be a real man and name and arrest those you know are the big boois. This will never hapen as the ANC top brass are so involved with alll these deals. What does Mo Shaik hold over the ANC top brass that he can commit treason and not go to jail. Yes we know about the growth of orgainsed crime and the rise of the ANC's wealth. I wish some brave cadres can do a little digging and find those skeletons Mo knows all about.

  • sipholess - 2011-09-05 23:52

    Both Zuma and his sangoma have been experimenting with various drugs for a long time now !

  • Joseph - 2012-05-03 07:42

    It is highly unlikely that drug dealers in this country are unknown to law enforcement agencies. The fact of the matter is that the business is highly profitable and there are many people who benefit.

  • ThinkingChick - 2012-07-10 16:26

    Legalise harmless drugs like marijuana and magic mushrooms. Then deport the Nigerian chemical dealing scum. Problem solved.

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