Don't pop that pill, says De Lille

2012-06-26 15:41

Cape Town - Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille is reaching out to the youth by rapping against drug abuse.

In a newly-released, one-minute song, featuring DJ Ready D and Khanyi, De Lille raps: "Don't start, be smart. Drug free is the way to be".

DJ Ready D refers to zero tolerance of drugs in the city and raps that treatment centres are available to the public.

He hands the song over to the mayor saying: "Come roll with the mother of the city. Let's roll with the Mayor Aunty Patty."

"Aunty Patty" then belts out the number of a toll-free helpline, 0800 HELP 4 U (0800-435-748), available to those affected by alcohol and drugs.

Cape Town ‘SA’s drugs capital’

It is a novel approach to a serious problem, with statistics estimating that Cape Town has in excess of 15 000 heroin users.

Tik (methamphetamine) is the main drug of choice for just less than half the city's drug users.

In February, Western Cape community safety MEC Dan Plato told the Cape Argus that Cape Town was South Africa's drugs capital.

"We are far, far ahead of other cities in terms of drug crime stats. We’re making a grave mistake by underestimating the drug problem in this city, because it’s bigger than anyone thinks," he was quoted as saying.

De Lille launched her "Don't Start, Be Smart" anti-drug campaign in Bellville on Tuesday, also the United Nation's international day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking.

Drug dealers warned

She said she wanted young drug addicts to know that treatment was available at centres in Tafelsig, Mitchells Plain, Table View, Delft South and Khayelitsha.

She issued a stern warning to drug dealers.

"We are telling these merchants of destruction that their time is up," she said in a speech prepared for delivery.

People were asked to do their part and not tolerate drug dealers.

"Tolerating the presence of people involved in these nefarious activities is akin to setting your children off on a road of substance abuse."

The mayor said she was working closely with the Western Cape provincial police commissioner Arno Lamoer and local government to reduce drug-related crimes.

  • chris.gill.9849 - 2012-06-26 16:19

    I wouldn't let her rap my birthday present.

  • SM1012 - 2012-06-26 17:13

    One thing I'm certain...CAPE mense will always resort to drugs...I have NO symphathy for them...almal hulle weet daai pill is nie OK nie vir hulle.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-06-26 19:31

    As they say 'Life is about choices''s no bodies fault if youth get into's their doing.....all the excuses they make, sorry this is a self destructive path they choose....WEAK...WEAK....SAY NO...YOU HAVE SUCH A WONDERFUL TIME A HEAD...JUST KEEP YOUR HEAD...SAY NO

  • sachasea - 2012-06-26 21:30

    De Lille is fighting a losing battle IMHO. Her intentions are admirable, but her approach along with that of the rest of the politicians is wholly misguided. She is looking at this issue from the wrong angle. An angle that has proven, time and again, to be an abject failure the world over. The drug dealers are not the reason people take drugs. They are merely those individuals at the supply end of the chain, which will always be there so long as the demand from the public is so great. Every day a drug dealer gets arrested two or three more open shop. When are the authorities going to have the epiphany that this is not working. It's a total waste of taxpayer money and police/court time. People take drugs to escape their realities. History has shown us that they have done over millenniums and long will continue to do so in all likelihood. This is what we should be looking at as a viable alternative to the mess we find ourselves struggling with here in the Cape Flats:

      MattQ4 - 2012-06-27 10:32

      Finally some sanity. There is no solution to the war on drugs other than legalization and legislation.

  • kseyffert - 2012-06-27 13:39

    Sweet! Tell them not to tolerate drug lords! ahhh hang on a mo, you forgot to tell them how to deal with the threat. The last time someone organised he ended up in Jail... Who can forget PAGAD? Lets not forget that these people are living alongside the drug lords and have their very lives threatened daily. There is no way they are going to peep. End of the day, unless you can actually give them a concrete plan (one that does not expose them to those same drug lords through corrupt police officials, whether perceived or otherwise) you are just making political noise.

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