ANC mulls Cape Town drug campaign

2013-07-27 13:46

Cape Town - Mitchells Plain in Cape Town needs a focused anti-drug campaign, ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa said on Saturday.

"We now require at national level a focus, a direct focus in Mitchells Plain," he told community leaders at the Shekinah Tabernacle in the area.

"We should immediately begin to take action and, even if at provincial level we may not have such success, which we should have, that there should be a campaign...."

Ramaphosa said the focus of such a campaign would be to rid the area of widespread drug addiction and drug lords who preyed on young children.

Members of the community told the African National Congress leader about the struggles they encountered with the interlinked problems of drugs and gangsterism.

Ramaphosa said President Jacob Zuma had previously answered the call of parents with similar problems.

Eldorado Park, Johannesburg, resident Doreleene James, mother of a teenager undergoing drug rehabilitation, appealed to Zuma earlier in the year to rid the area of drug dealers.


Ramaphosa said Zuma had swiftly responded with a clean-up of the area.

One woman leading the fight against drug abuse in Mitchells Plain, who called herself "Mama Madiba", told Ramaphosa that the government had ignored similar problems in her area.

"What Doreleene James is getting in Joburg, we want it 10 times better because Mitchells Plain's problem is bigger. She [James] is getting too much publicity," she said.

"Please don't get a woman [James] from Johannesburg to come open a woman's desk here in Cape Town... It will be a slap in the face for us."

Ramaphosa said the National Development Plan (NDP) was putting measures in place to reduce such criminality.

The plan also addressed "opening the minds" of young children through early childhood development centres and improving social welfare.

"The one thing we are not is a stagnant country. We are a country on the move," Ramaphosa said.

"As our people face challenges, as we have problems, we have a responsive governing party that will realise a storm is coming... and take proactive actions to do something."

He said the NDP was not lying dormant.

The ANC had decided to appoint an "economic recovery" task team, to look closely at practical implementation of the NDP going forward.

He said the party was looking at compiling a summarised version of the NDP for easier access. Translation to other languages was also under consideration.

This followed complaints that the plan was too long to read and not easy to understand. Ramaphosa was in the area to get feedback from the community on issues affecting them.

  • Lavisto Dogman Mavisto - 2013-07-27 14:02

    Why people let politicians confuse them? Politicians r involved in everything including drugs!if u have a problem just find a way to deal with it without involving a politician!

      Godfrey Welman - 2013-07-27 14:05

      Agree..SAPS should do its work, without fear or favor from their masters.

      Armstrong Dreadnaught - 2013-07-27 14:56

      anc does a lot of "mulling". How about some doing now and then?

      Motlalepula Matshwe - 2013-07-27 16:53

      leonard helen is a politician or is she not?

  • Patricia Dewet - 2013-07-27 14:03

    Shame when the DA wanted to act, Zuma ignored them, but the election is getting near and all of a sudden the WC is in the spotlight. As they try and score the drug lords get out. This is OK just get rid of them that's what the people and the DA have been asking.

      Ol Mabaso - 2013-07-27 17:14

      Yes! No even need to come to WC and show off !

      Sphe Ndlovu - 2013-07-28 00:46

      @Patricia...I am not suprised its politics. DA, ANC, EFF and the rest are mostly the same. The DA ran to Limpopo to renovate schools, why did they not do it in the western cape? Simple votes are needed, so the Anc does the same, CT is not the only place affected by drugs but why now? Votes are needed.

      Jon Low - 2013-07-28 03:45

      They built 27 brand-new schools in the Western Cape and tried to close down the empty and unwanted and vandalised ones.

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-07-28 11:16

      Motlalepula Matshwe, and Cyril Ramaphosa isn't?.

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-07-28 11:20

      Sphe Ndlovu. Maybe the schools in the Western Cape need no renovation, at least they always have their school books on time. Let Ramaphosa clean up the drug and gang mess in ANC territory first. BY deliberately with holding the help needed, the Zuma administration made the problem worse and that was their plan all the time.You are right, it is nothing more than trying to get votes which ever way possible.

      Matthew - 2013-07-28 13:15

      @Patricia: its like they just copy and paste last years speeches. We've heard all of this nonsense before,and nothing ever happens. like you said,when Helen tried to crush the crime,zuma intentionally ignored her and denied the people the help they needed,just because it was helen trying to help (WP/DA etc = no help from anc)

  • Kalahari Kgalagadi Safaris - 2013-07-27 14:07

    Cyrill why just before elections why did you wait 20 years? Empty election promises...

  • Anneline Etienne Gouws - 2013-07-27 14:11

    After the elections everything will continue as it was before..

  • Walter Tgsa - 2013-07-27 14:15

    It is just so sweet how the ANC constantly dishes out "good" advise to the Western Cape. Why don't they focus on the provinces where they are unfortunately still in charge? Like Gauteng? There is a big drug problem in Benoni/Boksburg, solving THAT problem would keep that lot busy for a while!

  • Aroka Murombe - 2013-07-27 14:15

    Sorry if you take this personal (I'm black for your sake) but the is a stupidity tendency among my own meaning blacks they tend to believe what ever the ANC is saying or promising. But my question to you before you get all personal why are they not promising all this after the election? Simple because they don't care and no one cares so let's learn to do things on our own meaning black and white...........

      Stephanes Heunis - 2013-07-27 15:29

      You are focus;as I said the cape will stay Da but the Anc must know there are a lot more provinces up for graps:Hell even a country.So sweet talk does not work anymore!!!

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-07-28 11:23

      Aroka Murombe. Just a thumbs up is not enough. You are spot on.

  • Ad Madock - 2013-07-27 14:17

    Do these politicians really think people of Mitchells Plain is that gullible. The've cried out for help so long and now the ANC conveniently wants to implement the NDP now that elections is round the corner.

  • Ren - 2013-07-27 14:23

    Clearly elections on the horizon! Go clean the rest of the mess the country is in then come worry about tik addicts in one or two suburbs! Clown.

  • Jaco Bruwer - 2013-07-27 14:32

    ANC... are they buying or selling?

      Armstrong Dreadnaught - 2013-07-27 14:51

      Probably both! Ha! Ha!

  • Alex Inyanga Dowding - 2013-07-27 14:33

    So both the ANC and the DA want to do more of the same. Politicians need to wake up on the drugs issue. The War on Drugs cannot be won by locking people up for their personal lifestyle choices. Why not rather educate people properly about the risks of drug taking. We need a fresh approach. Legalise and tax the drug trade. Deny all of these gangsters of their bread and butter. Put money from taxation towards health initiatives to help people who are addicted (the minority in fact) and want to get over their addictions. Portugal did this and within 10 years they had reduced drug addiction in their country by 50%. This could work in places like the Cape Flats too.

      Armstrong Dreadnaught - 2013-07-27 14:53

      For your info.... the DA has a continuous program in the Cape Flats. They do need all the help they can get but when they asked for help from the central govt it was ignored. What does that tell you? Boycott the anc!

      Motlalepula Matshwe - 2013-07-27 16:49

      Alex yours is the only sensible and refreshing comment i have read so far.

      Ioannis Condogiannis - 2013-07-27 17:41

      My bud, this has not been a total success in most countries. Its a first world solution to the problem. Because you need a functioning health care system to provide the drugs for one. Or are you suggesting that this happen through the private sector? These are dangerous substances, that need to be tested and produced for safe quality. It means adding an entire department to health or social welfare which already are a failure. In SA focus needs to change from chasing easy arrests (the users) to focusing on the suppliers. But the SAPS needs lots of arrests to look good so they catch Moegoe Van Staden and his gram of coke at the club. The real drug pushers have political connections and are exempt at present. Go after the suppliers and help the users

      Mike Bundy - 2013-07-27 18:30

      Ioannis: Existing drug companies will be very happy to step forward and produce products of safe and predictable quality. The profits from drug sales will easily pay for an improved sector of the health care system. In addition there will be more money available for education, prevention, law enforcement and rehabilitation. It's a win-win for all.

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-07-28 11:30

      Alex Inyanga Dowding. Very well said. I agree. Legalizing will never happen though, it has been tlaked about in Europe for years, but as soon as the word is mentioned the Americans get all upset and threaten with hell and high water. Their drug program is a hopeless failure but too many people earn lucrative salaries and don't want it stop. In the meantime they are poisoning the earth of Colombia in an effort to stop the growth of the plant needed for cocaine production. It is really funny if come to think that after all that poison, the only thing growing there is the one thing they want to eradicate. Sweden went ahead and legalized it's drug program with the result that addicts are now working and getting their drugs at the clinic. If that would happen overnight, drug bosses would be jobless the next day.

  • Nathan Lombard - 2013-07-27 14:38

    "The one thing we are not is a stagnant country. We are a country on the move," Ramaphosa said. Is it the first of April??? Or is he just making a joke? Someone please help me understand.

      Marie Fourie - 2013-07-27 15:50

      We are not stagnant country, this country is going backwards

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-07-28 11:33

      Nathan Lombard. But where is it moving to?. He forgot to tell us.

  • Armstrong Dreadnaught - 2013-07-27 14:44

    Helen Zille asked for central govt help and was ignored. Now the anc needs votes, they suddenly get into gear! What are the police doing? Ramaphosa is begging for votes!

  • Nettie Potgieter - 2013-07-27 14:44

    Say the ANC who appointed Jacky Selebi who was payed by drug lords to open SA for drug trading! If the ANC was not so corrupted this would never have happened. Now the also are spite full and refuse help to the DA because they want the WC to be ungovernable.

      Stephanes Heunis - 2013-07-27 15:16

      Dus waar:anc smeer daai konfyt sonder brood want hulle(anc) is ruggraatloos

      Motlalepula Matshwe - 2013-07-27 16:46

      Grow up chana or are you a drug addict or lord

  • Robert Keene - 2013-07-27 14:47

    .....there should be a campaign.... Agreed - TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL!

  • Patricia Dewet - 2013-07-27 15:01

    After the election the drug lords will be back to business as if nobody were there.

  • Richard Scully - 2013-07-27 15:08

    Ok go for the it doesn't go past a news report

  • Rampant - 2013-07-27 15:34

    The DA has been appealing to government all along, now the anc wants votes, they want to capitalise on the initiative by the DA. Both parties working together is most welcome, provided that the problem is addressed.

  • Jobe Mkhatywa - 2013-07-27 16:27

    Viva!the African National Congress of Africa Viva!Viva ANC viva!your negative racist comments are not helping this country of ours please go to Australia or New zealand

      Go Ape - 2013-07-27 16:42

      Viva! another abortion-survivor! Viva!

      Stanton Clarke - 2013-07-27 16:48

      Jobe, I took my time reading through all the comments before getting to yours. I can honestly say THERE ARE NO RACIST COMMENTS POSTED.You need to rid yourself of your hatred toward white people who are as much South African as you are. I have hope for this country because the numbers of racists pricks like yourself is in decline. One day South Africa will be rid of your type.

      Ol Mabaso - 2013-07-27 17:48


      Alice Tang - 2013-07-27 18:18

      Jobe - I have read all the comments top down, and up to your comment and can't find anything racist. Are you sure you are commenting on the right story?

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-07-28 11:35

      Jobe Mkhatywa. Doesn't it feel funny being the only fool here?.

  • Louis Leendertz - 2013-07-27 16:39

    jobe. nobody was racist u racist

  • Abe Sunday - 2013-07-27 16:43

    Rat poison and pain tablet shld be bann also glue or methylated spirit.Gov shld make awarenes about the danger behind d drug usesage.

  • Andre Van Zyl - 2013-07-27 17:15

    Interesting.... When Helen Zille wanted the army to get involved Nathi Mthetwha said it was not necessary as the problem was completely under control. What has changed?

      Stanton Clarke - 2013-07-27 18:13

      The elections are upon us.

  • Ioannis Condogiannis - 2013-07-27 17:22

    I could almost be convinced there is an election around the corner. Oh wait... Could have sworn that when Zille tried to do something about this it was rebuffed by the same government still in power? Shame ANC, you might think we have without memory, but the news reporting in black and white will remind us

  • nicholus.nakanyane - 2013-07-27 17:56

    Too much confusion in ZANC

  • Darkman Guluva - 2013-07-27 18:11

    I believe the starting point to address the drug problem in Cape Town should be educating children on the dangers of drug abuse and this should start with a compulsory drug testing program at schools.

      Mike Bundy - 2013-07-27 18:36

      Better education is crucial. But how will drug testing help anything?

  • Richard Scully - 2013-07-27 18:12

    Lots of mulling before the election but no doing

  • Ol Mabaso - 2013-07-27 18:14

    When a mother from Jhb , D. James, called on President about the drugs and lolly business in Eldorado park , ''RAMAPOSA SAID ZUMA HAD SWIFTLY RESPONDED WITH A CLEAN UP OF THE AREA''...But when Premier of WC demanded the same(after people were killed!!!) SHE WAS NOT GIVEN ASSISTANCE ! And did you hear? PAGAD is back now.

  • Johan Diedericks - 2013-07-27 19:29

    ANC must be desperate to get votes for 2014. The drug problem is not new, the ANC has been aware of this problem for 20 years

  • Lee-ann Carstens - 2013-07-27 19:44

    People this is an election scam. Helen Zille requested the army to assist with gangesterism in the area and it was declined by the minister of police saying that the police can do the job. Mitchells plein is a DA strong hold. Where were you the past 3 years. Drugs has always been a problem on the cape flats.

  • Lee-ann Carstens - 2013-07-27 19:49

    Education on the dangers of drugs has been present in the cape schools for a long time. Sitting and show people pictures clearly doesn't work. Why not take and show them the jails and rehabs at an early stage and let them see for themselves. Just a thought.

      Nico de Jongh - 2013-07-27 21:46

      Drugs for Africa where the poor mules have to do the dirty work for the underworld bosses. Gangsters is rampant in WC with delinquent peer pressure on normal kids forebode devastated life styles. Teach your children well is one tough cookie on the Cape Flats.

      Jon Low - 2013-07-28 03:54

      "Education" doesn't necessarily mean that pupils are TAUGHT anything. You can teach as much and as passionately and as long as you like without any education happening at all. Education only happens when somebody actually LEARNS something, whether they were taught that at school, at home, on the streets, wherever. Education is all about learning, not teaching.

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