UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST DRUG ABUSE AND ILLICIT TRAFFICKING

STATEMENT ISSUED BY ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY

Tomorrow, 26 June, will be observed as International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking, in line with the UN General Assembly resolution to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve an international society free of drug abuse. It is with a sense of outrage that the UDM notes that government has yet to develop an integrated strategy to fight the intertwined problems of drug abuse/trafficking and gangsterism. A letter by Bantu Holomisa to President Mbeki, dated 16 May 2001, highlighting these concerns, has still not been answered.

This day has special significance in South Africa due to the high incidence of drug abuse and trafficking within our borders, as well as the unfortunate prominence South Africa has gained in the international drug trafficking industry.

On this day we must acknowledge the terrible destruction that drug abuse and trafficking has wrought amongst the people of South Africa. It is especially the poor and the youth who are exposed and exploited by ruthless gangsters as distributors of, and a market for, illicit drugs. All South Africans, from all walks of life must use tomorrow as an opportunity to unite in the fight against drug abuse and trafficking. In this spirit, the UDM wishes its Western Cape Youth structure well with the multi-party Youth Summit meeting they have arranged for tomorrow to discuss the impact of these issues specifically on the Western Cape Youth.

The UDM once again calls on Government to develop a holistic integrated strategy, involving all three spheres of government, to combat the intertwined problems of drug abuse and trafficking as well as gangsterism.

Enquiries:
Ms Annelizé van Wyk, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Safety and Security
082 - 557 4184

Cape Town
25 June 2001