Drug dealers a curse - Zuma

Cape Town – Drug dealers are a curse in the country and need to be rooted out, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.

"Children are abusing parents, stealing furniture at home for money for drugs. Drug dealers are a real curse in the country," he said in the reply to his budget vote in Parliament.

Addressing mostly ANC MPs, he said drugs were a problem and were killing the nation. He referred to a toxic drug that was sweeping through KwaMashu, Durban.

He pleaded for families to report drug dealers and outlined the government’s plan to deal with the problem of drug abuse.

He said, while there were still problems, government was building a better South Africa.

"We have definitely moved far away from what former president Nelson Mandela called the skunk of the world, into becoming one of the major players on the global stage," he said.

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