Drug fight: Govt not 'doing enough'

2012-11-08 22:37

Johannesburg - The government is not doing enough to fight the use of drugs, the Anti-Drug Alliance SA said on Thursday.

This was the view of 81% of the 33 592 people questioned in the alliance's annual survey, CEO Quentin van Kerken said.

"It is very clear the playing field has changed dramatically over the past year."

The final results of the survey was expected to be released to the public on 19 November.

Highlighting the preliminary result, he said 37.5% of respondents believed that legalisation or decriminalisation was the answer to drug problem.

The study revealed that 32% of respondents used dagga regularly.

He said addicts went to at least five rehabilitation centres before they finally quit, and 13.3%of users spent around R3 000 a month on their drug of choice.

  • Mbuso Siera - 2012-11-08 23:59

    the government should fight the accessibly of drugs first....the drug traffickers,drug lords nd drug vendors.....making it hard for them to sell drugs nd go without being caught....

      vandross.ntshegi - 2012-11-09 00:57

      The government is not only doing insufficient in drug fighting. There is a whole list

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2012-11-09 05:53

      What do you expect if this country is running by a leader that is South Africa's number one usless corrupted tax thief Mr. ZUMA Compound!!!!

      arne.verhoef - 2012-11-09 07:11

      No, first improve social and educational conditions. the war on drugs, like what you suggest, has long failed.

  • michael.glen.77 - 2012-11-09 02:06

    Why not - and hear me out here - instead of spending millions/billions on fighting plants (like marijuana and various other entheogens) that are proven to be far healthier for a person than, say alcohol, the government take steps toward decriminalisation... That way, they will have more money for the treatment of serious problems like cancer and the spreading of HIV... Note: I'm not condoning the use of all drugs. I am merely saying that perhaps it's time for a change in perspective towards some of them. This whole anti-drugs mentality has been around for so long that it's - in my opinion - just a backwards mentality... How many people have actually done serious research into these substances compared with how many people believe what the authority figure says without thinking for themselves? P.S. Cannabis oil cures cancer... Proven fact. Look it up. One Love

      beryl.knipe - 2012-11-09 06:14

      Ok, Michael. So then, which countries have legalised the sale of drugs AND what's their situation looking like, right now? NO! Get RID, RID, RID of the illegal aliens, apply STRICT border control - but, sigh - I know this government is incapable - so, where does that leave our children?

      wordis.word.1 - 2012-11-09 06:39

      illegal aliens, incapable government, our children? Beckie I think you should take it easy with the caffeine.

      juannepierre - 2012-11-09 08:03

      Agree, there is a huge difference between pot and heroin. Alcohol proves more of a problem than peace pipes. And the hi smokers from the seventies are still live and kicking (and smoking) compared to those unfortunate souls smacking Tik back in 2009. Beckie's opinion is maybe a little too conservative/narrow minded - you can make all these drugs in your garage my darling, border control won't really help the drug problem. And maybe teach your kids that drugs are dangerous, it will always be their choice to take them, try raise strong willed individuals, or are your kids just puppets?

      tristan.johnson.355 - 2012-11-09 13:27

      @ Beckie Knight - Illegal immigrants are not at fault for all of our drug abuse problems in SA, please don't misconstrue the facts here. Also, the countries that have legalized and decriminalized drugs are in a far better position than SA, perhaps you should do your research before commenting in future, as it makes you look like just another misinformed sheep (which i assume you are given you post). Education is the key here, propoganda and misinformation is the enemy. Portugal and Spain have both legalised drugs, and both 5 years on now have hugely reduced drug use stats in teenagers and young adults, proving that it works. If there is no danger/rebellion aspect, kids are far less inclined to go try something. Also, as of Obama's re-election, three states in the US have fully legalised cannabis for recreational use. Along with the other 10+ states where it is legal for medicinal use. Cannabis in SA is only legal for corporations to make money off of. Check out our AZT meds we give to AIDS patients, most of the pain killers in them are derived from cannabis. Fact. In a world of information, ignorance has become a choice - use the internet for more than Facebook for once.

  • wordis.word.1 - 2012-11-09 04:07

    Caffeine is a hell of a drug!

  • dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-11-09 04:16

    Are they doing enough in ANY DEPARTMENT OF GOVERNMENT ???

  • piet.boerie - 2012-11-09 04:21

    Cwele South Africa’s State Security chief, his wife Sheryl Cwele arrested, tried and convicted of drug dealing with a Nigerian, Frank Nabolisa. If the head of state security's wife is a dealer and her friend that visited their house is a dealer and he did not know then no wonder major international drug dealers now call South Africa home.

      piet.boerie - 2012-11-09 04:24

      South Africa have beome a major hub for drug dealers with some government ministers and security officials involved. JZ is the head of the mafia with Mac and Shaik brothers involved.

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-09 06:50

      You've got a point Boertjie!!

      david.diego.14 - 2012-11-09 07:19

      if JZ still our president drug dealer will increase friend of Shaik at helm!!

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-09 05:56

    Most of the time when our own children are involved to the criminal acts its not easy to see the wrong doers!!

      Guyu Hamilton Maluleke - 2012-11-09 06:04

      its a pitty we only look n focus on useres of this substances, instead of taking drastic meassures on preventing it at all cost

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-09 05:58

    Establish how many of the government employees and the ANC leaders are NOT involved in the trade in illicit drugs

      glenda.mackay.18 - 2012-11-09 11:11

      From the beginning!

  • wordis.word.1 - 2012-11-09 06:41

    I took one puff of a marijuana cigarette once, I immediately rasped off my own face and fed it to my dog, true story...

  • Yassin Morgan - 2012-11-09 06:58

    South Africa gone too the dogs look @ our president ..sorry excuse of one ...if you want to laugh really good look @ the president he's a proper joke

  • surita.coetzer - 2012-11-09 07:10

    Goverment is not doing enough about anything conserning the land and it people to busy to inrich themself to worry about anything else...

  • andrew.arnesen - 2012-11-09 07:12

    With the money they saved by declaring drugs legal across the board, they could have massive education campaigns pointing out the negative consequences of drug use. In Portugal, when, 10 years ago they legalised everything, everyone thought the usage rates would go up... They didn't. Just marijuana use dropped by 50%... Prohibition can never succeed so grow up and face the problem head-on by allowing people their sovereign rights over their own bodies and educate them about the consequences of taking drugs.

      juannepierre - 2012-11-09 08:07

      Totally, it's about taking responsibility for our actions.

  • Anthony C. Onwudiegwu - 2012-11-09 07:24

    The issue of fighting drug can be viewed by any one in any way, but the truth still remain that the biggest importes, dealers and users of drugs are the same people who turn around in bead to distract and divert attenssion to cry foul. \r\n\r\nA drug barron is yet on the loose for his crime on drug just because he was clever enough to turn state witness and implicate a police chief. \r\nThat is not remembered or talked about.\r\n\r\nMany problems will remain with us because of the way we approach them through side taking, sectionalising of probabale culprits and lieing about the true natur of practice and the identity of key criminals involve.

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-11-09 07:32

    Government is in a joint venture with drug dealers from Nigeria . Tokyo , Irvan Khoza and other heavyweights were once suspected dealers . How can they do enough to act on drugs when they benefit ?

      glenda.mackay.18 - 2012-11-09 11:13

      Not suspected dealers? Dealers!

  • pgmdesouza - 2012-11-09 07:36

    With all the sh*t going on in this country, sane minds are driven to seek refuge in one high or another. I'd rather be high on coke and hallucinate rather than be sober and go through the agony of thinking how some knobjockeys are busy stuffing up sh*t that is entrusted to them by the electorate to protect. Come to think of it, maybe they are all high on some expensive stuff funded by public coffers no wonder they all act like cavemen.

  • elizabeth.bothma.58 - 2012-11-09 07:43

    Legalise drugs?!? Only a person who has not been addicted to drugs and has not gone through the hell of cleaning up and staying clean will make a stupid comment like this. We live in a society where quickfixes and taking the easy way out, and everything goes is the in thing. Not just the Government (yes! they are not doing enough) but what are you doing to help with this, because after all with the speed drug usage and addiction is growing, the chance that your child will be using is probably 80%

      juannepierre - 2012-11-09 08:14

      Your comment lacks merit, I've been there, crawled in the gutter in the t-shirt and managed to pull myself out. If there was not such a taboo about drugs I never would have touched it. I'm not advocating pushing drugs, I'm all for people accepting responsibility for their actions as I did. It's no ones fault but my own. An addiction is real but the tenacity to be better than an addiction surpasses it all. So how strong are you really? That's the question.

      elizabeth.bothma.58 - 2012-11-09 08:41

      In a perfect world we would all be able to pull ourselves out of the gutter and act with responsibility, but not everbody is the same. Addiction is a disease, incurable, progressive and fatal - treated by staying clean. Addiction is not necessarily only hard drugs - the number of people addicted to pain killers, diet medicine etc far overtakes the number of people addicted to hardcore stuff - and it is legal to buy this over the counter. I cannot and will never condone legalising of drugs.

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-11-09 08:00

    the 'leaders' of SA are doing the opposite of helping us, their countrymen. How can you expect such fools to 'do enough'?

  • nicky.saaiman.1 - 2012-11-09 08:07

    Death penalty for dealers.

      juannepierre - 2012-11-09 08:15

      Wow, hello 1967, where have you been?

  • Chloe Kisch - 2012-11-09 08:18

    man , i know of at least 3 police men that take a cut in the profit from selling weed and 1 cop who works in the narcotics division who resells all the hardcore drugs that get confiscated here where i stay ...

  • garth.baldwin.96 - 2012-11-09 08:59

    having spent a year working at a psychiatric hospital I would estimate that 75% of the patients that are admitted abuse substances. One of the most frequent diagnoses is substance induced psychosis, over time this can evolve into schizophrenia. by legalizing drugs is only going to make the problem worse on an already over burdened health care system

  • karabo.p.maila - 2012-11-09 09:38

    I think the government must control the trafficking of drugs (INTO) the country... then focus on the people within the border, cant we tighten up tho! secondly, its not going to fix anything to legalise them because already we have a population who are fearful of being caught and are not using drugs, when u legalise you increase the number of users. I think eradicate or find those that sell them! the source!

  • mmoledis - 2012-11-09 11:24

    Fighting drugs can be easy if all government officials and some police officers can distance themselves from benefiting from drugs, meaning if police can not take bribes then we will win that war and government too should change laws governing drugs in this country. Irrespective of how much drug a person have in his or her possesion a minimum sentence of three years should be served before a person can be charge and when charged and found guilty then a ten year sentence be impose and with dealers and manufactures and sellers they those should be life in jail, a government official found involved must too get heavy sentence so as the police.Law around drugs should be hard.

  • jaco.slabbert - 2012-11-09 12:09

    The drug war won't work for the same reasons it didn't work in the US and Central America. If people want to get high, no matter what the Government (or anybody for that matter) does they will do that. If you stop the import of anything, users will manufacture locally (or find MORE dangerous substitutes)... and if you send pot smokers to jail, you turn them into hard users. Drugs aren't a criminal issue, they're an issue of healthcare... unfortunately everybody's so freaked out by the moral components that they don't really bother to look at the problem subjectively.

  • carvern - 2012-11-09 12:42

    Another classical case by the government and media stigmatizing cannibus with the "synthetic illegal drugs". Come on people the sooner you realise that addiction is due to peoples personal nature and that all of us is addicted to something in life wehter sigaretts, alcohol, sleeping tablets and even sleep medication the better life will be. Cause all of you people out there are druggies and now the minoraty of people who is using a natural plant are being victimised and ostracised for enjoying a healthy beneficial joint now and then. Free your mind free yourself free our nation

  • mart.botha - 2012-11-09 16:51

    Drugs on Cape Town streets seem to be easier to source than a bitterly cold Coca Cola. I see the evidence and transactions occurring all the time ...and that is during working hours. Addiction to TIK (methamphetamines) in particular seems to be a very prevalent. The horror stories I hear of families losing everything because their children get hooked is quite unbelievable. Children stealing from and lying to their own mothers who they love dearly. Mothers who will attest to the fact that the only way to get their own lives back on track was to 'divorce' themselves from their children....parents who dearly love their kids and who say they will never do this.....I just hope you are never called to make such a choice. One of my callsigns once arrested a Mozambiqan in the Eastern Highlands in Zim for dagga possession. He was held and his dagga was confiscated. Being in a very rural area the callsign had to wait a couple of days fror re-supply and so they could hand over all the arrested fellas. This particular guy was a shivering mess curled up in a heap, and pissing in his pants within 24 hours of losing his stash. In fear of his imminent demise and as a result of his begging, my Sergeant let him smoke a joint. Within half an hour he was back up on his feet and actually asked if there was any work he could do for them ie. tidy and clean their camp. People I therefore believe can eventually become totally dependent on even a so called 'good for you' drug !

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