During his address to learners in Soshanguve yesterday, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa urged learners to focus on their studies and to guard against the abuse of drugs, such as Nyaope, which will negatively affect their education.
The abuse of Nyaope is of serious concern in Gauteng. Its impact on communities has seen many families suffer the consequences from addicted relatives. Last year CrimeStatsSA reported 98 977 cases of drug related crimes.
On several occasions in 2014 MEC Nkosi-Malebane announced that a drug master plan would be tabled by the end of the year. To date none has been forthcoming.
The implementation of the Master Plan would address the growing abuse of Nyaope and other drugs and their impact on communities.
The war against drugs needs to move beyond lip service and needs definitive policy implementation, and the Gauteng Community Safety Department needs to take this matter seriously.
Effective measures must be put in place to get drugs off our streets and out of our communities, which will include going beyond normal public policing in order curb the scourge of drugs in our province.
We appeal to MEC Nkosi-Malebane to institute the Master Plan and to push for the implementation of specialized police units dedicated to curbing drug abuse and drug related crimes in Gauteng.
Michele Clarke MPL
DA Spokesperson on Community Safety
060 558 8309