ABUSE STRATEGY URGENTLY NEEDED
ISSUED BY ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY
UDM concurs with the reported comments of Advocate Kahn regarding the
"glorification" of alcohol and drug use. There can be no doubt that we
live in a society that tacitly condones the abuse of drugs.
Advocate Kahn is Chair of the Central Drug Authority, and therefore responsible
for the development of a National Drug Master Plan. This strategy is long
overdue. Advocate Kahn and government must tread carefully or face the
accusation of trying to shift the blame. It is their direct responsibility to
create a proper regulatory environment to deal with drug abuse. It would be very
sad indeed if this were merely a case of government making the appropriate
noises because next week is National Drug Awareness Week.
That drug abuse and violent crime is directly connected together with the link
between drug abuse/trafficking and gangsterism should not be lost sight of.
Gangs use 11-year-old children as drug-runners, often supplying 11 year olds
with anything from dagga to crack-cocaine.
A national strategy addressing drug abuse, within the context of gangsterism
specifically, is urgently required. This must entail a multi-departmental
approach involving all three tiers of government, nothing less is acceptable. As
a nation we need to admit that when it comes to drug abuse and gangsterism we
are facing a national state of emergency
Ms Annelizé van Wyk MP
UDM Spokesperson for Safety and Security
082 557 4184
21 June 2001