Church marches against drugs

2016-12-15 06:01

The festive season is already in full swing, but to religious leaders, the dangers that come with the festivities are not lost.

Substance abuse is one such scourge the Khanya Church in Tambo Village is concerned about.

Working community leaders, they embarked on a march on Tuesday, to raise awareness and deter the young from taking drugs and alcohol.

According Xolile Malotana, a youth facilitator at the church, the march was part of their holiday programme designed to take young people off the streets.

“In this area, there is high substance abuse and this leads to a problem of crime and violence. There is also a scourge of young boys forming gangs.

They start from a very young age, there are 10 year olds taking drugs and this is the problem we are trying to solve,” said Xolile Malotana.

He said that they have been running the holiday project with the aim of showing young people that there are alternatives to loitering and engaging in elicit behaviour.

“Throughout the week we have been conducting activities such as sports and personal skills development and will end with a braai we these young children will be enjoying themselves.

The key thing here is that there is a lack of recreational facilities here in Tambo Village where youngsters can engage in positive behaviour and we are currently in talks with community leadership to resolve such a matter,” said Malotane.

Community leader Owen Plaatjies reiterated Malotane’s calls for recreational facilities and that this must be done urgently.

“When the schools are closed the young children are all over the area drinking alcohol and taking drugs.

This leads to many problems especially in the household where the children lose respect for their parents. They are fighting each other on the street and there really is no escape for them.

This is why we working hard to try to make sure that much is done to accommodate our young children,” he said. “It is very hard and it is a tough to fight substance abuse and crime in young people.” he added.

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