‘Root out drug dealers’

2012-07-10 12:55

The “chemical warfare” waged in the country by drug dealers should stop, Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel said.

“Can we mobilise South Africans across the country... can we make a call on people to identify the drug dealers,” he said in Johannesburg today.

Manuel, who heads the National Planning Commission, said drugs were causing the destruction of families and of communities.

“What stands between many South Africans and a better life is the chemical warfare against our youngsters.”

Manuel was speaking at event to mark the fifth anniversary of the Crime Line anonymous tip-off service, run by the police and Talk Radio 702.

He said problems with drugs were not limited to their consumption and sale.

“It’s about the destruction of families...theft in the street, theft in the neighbourhood.

“Nothing and nobody is allowed to have any possessions and everybody is caught in that downward spiral,” he said.

Drugs caused warfare against youths and gangsterism.

“We will fail unless we get to the root of it,” he continued.

He said people spoke of crime affecting potential foreign direct investment, but the effects were closer to home.

“The first targets of the petty gangsters in townships are those who have pulled themselves up by the bootstraps and have invested in a small medium or micro enterprise,” he said.

He recommended that to mark former president Nelson Mandela’s birthday on July 18, people should disclose the names of drug dealers.

The police could not be left to “fight the war” alone, he said.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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.


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.