March creates awareness about drug effects

2016-05-25 06:00
PHOTO: nontethelelo mzizi Imbali pupils, the SAPS cluster, the Premier’s Office, the KwaZulu-Natal Council of Churches and other organisations on a march against drug abuse.

PHOTO: nontethelelo mzizi Imbali pupils, the SAPS cluster, the Premier’s Office, the KwaZulu-Natal Council of Churches and other organisations on a march against drug abuse.

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THE SAPS cluster, the Premier’s Office, the KwaZulu-Natal Council of Churches and other organisations joined together in a march on Friday 13 May from Plessislaer to Ndumiso Stadium in Imbali.

The purpose of the march was to create awareness about the effects and the consequences of substance abuse and also advise the youth, especially students, about how to avoid drugs and help their loved ones who are addicted to drugs.

The march was supported by schools from around Imbali including Mehlokazulu High, Zibukezuku­ High, Zamazulu Secondary, Sukuma­ Comprehensive, Nsikayethu Comprehensive and KwaPata Secondary, to mention some.

Addressing the crowd, SAPS Lieutenant General Lucas Ngobeni said every day the police arrest more than 20 people for drug-related issues, most of whom are young people.
“These people then obtain criminal records and come back complaining about how they are unemployable when they are older,” said Ngobeni.

He advised the hundreds of the marching pupils to stay away from drugs and to think carefully about the choices they make, which can greatly affect their future.

Premier’s Office general manager Mbongeni Mathe said: “The premier has initiated a youth directorate, aimed at youth development both socially and educationally in the province. Our wish is to help develop the youth of KwaZulu-Natal, but we cannot do that if they are drug addicts.”

The Department of Correctional Services, Department of Community Safety, Department of Sports and Recreation and the Hawks also expressed their concern about substance abuse and vowed to help in any way they can to minimise the number of people using drugs.

Golide Ndlela of the South Africa National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence also spoke on behalf of the organisation saying that substance abuse should be stopped, especially the use of illegal drugs like lacoste, Mitsubishi and “Mercedes” , which are the popular illegal drugs of choice used in communities.

At the end of the event pupils showcased their dancing, musical and poetry talents.

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