Zille takes on drug kingpins

2012-02-17 16:02

Cape Town - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has vowed to fight drug abuse by continuing to lobby for the return of specialised police drug units.

She said in her state of the province address in Cape Town that the flow of drugs should be stemmed at the source.

Government and law enforcement agencies should send a clear message to drug kingpins that authorities would not stand back while they targeted the country's children.

"This is why our government believes the reinstatement of specialised drug and gang units by the SA Police Service is a policing need and priority for the Western Cape."

Zille said drugs, especially tik, was one of the main drivers of violent crime.

There had been a sharp increase in the number of patients requiring hospitalisation for drug abuse.

Zille said R67.4m would be budgeted to fight substance abuse.

Over 4 800 places would offer subsidised drug treatment programmes and 18 new treatment centres would be built.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-02-17 16:11

    Solution: cancell all flights from South America (cocainum), Nigeria (cocainum and dagga) and Middle-east (heroin) bound for Cape Town. Then limit the production of household detergents (Cape's favourite tick). Then build a wall around western cape. Priceless

      ryno.rousseau - 2012-02-17 16:15

      Not sure if stupid or trolling :/

      phathuchicos - 2012-02-17 16:29


      Moca - 2012-02-17 16:47

      then build a wall around your thick, klip-kop brain and fill it with cement

      Francois - 2012-02-17 19:30

      I think you do not know too much about heroin, it is in fact made from morphine the most popular and most effective pain killer known to mankind. Thus let the world destroy all the poppy fields and you will see a lot of agony around you, becuase people will simply die of pain, not to mention the heroin addict who will simply die due to withdrawal syptoms. The labs and the cartels should be brought down. It will be of no use to target the farmers or the end users.

      Ken - 2012-02-17 22:25

      @ The-Azanian. You are really out of touch with reality. Why not have an early night and seek counselling in the morning.

      oomkrummel.krummel - 2012-07-10 16:29

      Whilst you were asleep, a wall did go up around the Western Cape. You are all very well aware of it. Your government spends soooo much time trying to break it down..! It’s made of, honesty, integrity, fairness and truth. That’s why you will never have a wall around any other area in SA, ((until the DA comes into power EVERYWHERE...)) Now leave us alone and go vote for Malema, he's such a good guy...!!! Thank you DA, we love you..!!

  • Shirley - 2012-02-17 16:16

    Good on you Ms Zille! Watch your back,these guys are evil and dont play. Western Cape needs a special drugs task force and schools should be searched weekly!

      George - 2012-02-17 16:24

      Make that daily

      Shirley - 2012-02-17 16:31

      George: I concur!

      desertratbkf - 2012-02-17 17:02

      The only politician in this country with balls! Good on you!

      Monika - 2012-02-17 17:51

      HAHAHAHAHA......... Priceless! And perfectly true.

  • Grant - 2012-02-17 16:39

    Go for it, you are the only one with "balls" in and amongst this useless corrupt government to tackle anything worthwhile. GOOD LUCK

      Winston - 2012-02-17 16:51

      Since when has zille had a sex change, but you right. What you really saying is that the other "moegoes" must be eunichs. They have neither of either.

      alansmartSnr - 2012-02-17 17:25

      Awe Gee dear Helen.. there goes my daily fix, but because it's you that said it, and going to do it and 'cos you have my respect, I'll support you all the way:-)

  • jandreleroux - 2012-02-17 16:50

    Tannie Zille hou nie van al daai wille pille! Nou maak sy planne om hulle in die selle te Antie Helen is de hellin for them sellin all da drugs and hallucination now she is calling da police to please locks them up so that we can live in the mooiste Kaap!

  • Senzo Mathebula - 2012-02-17 16:56

    Zille takes on drug kingpins, Mathale neglects education.... Who is the News24's editor coz I'd swear he's a DA spokesperson. If read both articles u will realize that Zille hasn't done much but to call for an establishment of a police division, she also PLANS to build rehab centers on the other hand u have an article based on one critics views of Mathale's speech.

      Xavier7034 - 2012-02-17 17:18

      Better than Selebi...who disbanded the specialised drug squads so he could get his snout into the trough.

      Senzo Mathebula - 2012-02-17 17:30

      Selebi is not the issue here.

  • Heiku - 2012-02-17 16:57

    There must me so many HUGE ass tik labs in this country. Dont worry about the foreigners. The biggest problem is tik and its made here in sunny South Africa.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-02-17 17:01

    I 'm proud that Zille is addressing this huge problem. The DA WILL SHOW THE WAY. This will not be an easy task....but thats the strengh of this LADY (Zille)...she has guts.

      Heiku - 2012-02-17 17:37

      msendi; Thank you for your comment, it will really make a great contribution in the on going effort to make the world a better place for our children... NOT

  • Cuan - 2012-02-17 17:23

    ANC stands for - Always Needing a Cut... They must fund operTIONS and all the dagga crops in the transkei must be the governments.. let them burn

  • George - 2012-02-17 17:29

    DO IT HELEN , DO IT HELEN............route them out.... Now please come to Joburg..........

  • rory.short1 - 2012-02-17 17:41

    One way to tackle the problem of addictive substances would be to nationalise their distribution to addicts. In one fell swoop the market on which the drug dealers thrive would be remove from under their feet. There would no longer be any financial incentive to take up drug dealing, a financial incentive which just grows the more society tries to stamp out drug dealing.

      sachasea - 2012-02-17 19:40

      Exactly, years of research show that the criminalization of drugs does nothing to reduce people using them, in fact it has the opposite effect. The number of users and addicts is skyrocketing exponentially. This is not the way to reduce drug use and crime associated with it. The main reason that drugs are linked to other serious crimes is due to the very fact that they are illegal and hence pushed into association with very bad people. Decriminalize, regulate and tax to the hilt. Even if you only decriminalized cannabis alone that in itself would have a pronounced impact on user statistics for other illicit drugs, because cannabis is by far one of the safer and more pleasurable drugs to use. The only real long term solution is to bring drugs into DIRECT GOVERNMENT CONTROL. Because at the moment they control absolutely nothing, how can they control a black market? Impossible.

  • lynette.hugo - 2012-02-17 21:25

    Moet asb nie die Res van die land vergeet nie dit gaan oral so, en skors die swak polisie wat saam heul asb.

  • lynette.hugo - 2012-02-18 12:21

    Ons hoop dat jy jou doel sal bereik Me Zille.

  • tessbester - 2012-02-19 11:53

    Heard this vary same speech 2 years ago in the South of Johannesburg... Uit die perd...ZILLE se bek!!! She hasn't been back since!! Just talk NOTHING ELSE!!!! To Helen South Africa is Cape Town.. Western Cape to be more specific!!! Politics... that's all it is... POLITICS!! Politicians don't seem to grasp how serious the problem is throughout South Africa!!

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