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KwaZulu-Natal
Dec 13 2012 10:11AM
 
Politicos take drug fight to taxi ranks
AWARENESS: MEC Mrs Wesiwe Thusi hands out educational pamphlets at the Warwick taxi rank in Durban on Tuesday. Picture: Sihle Mavuso
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Sihle Mavuso

The province’s bid to curb the scourge of drugs has seen high profile politicians hitting busy taxi ranks to preach the gospel against drug abuse.

Taking the campaign to Durban’s Warwick taxi rank yesterday, social development MEC Weziwe Thusi, who was accompanied by provincial planning commission chair Cyril Xaba, told scores of commuters, drivers and passers-by that the battle against drugs should be waged and won now if they wanted to see stable families and a stable country.

“Government is not only committed to working in partnership with key stakeholders in the youth sector to reduce the high burden of HIV-Aids but is also committed to confronting the scourge of alcohol and substance abuse among the youth,” said Thusi.

The purpose of the campaign was to create awareness around substance and elderly people and women abuse and educate commuters on the dangers of drugs, especially during this festive period. The campaign will also go to other transport ranks across the province and will continue until January.

Thusi said the province’s youth were already ravaged by drugs like whoonga and cocaine which is sold mainly in townships.

She added that it was important to safeguard the future and everyone needed to take a stand and address alcohol and drug problems in homes and families. She also strongly condemned the high levels of violence against women and children.

Through these campaigns the government hopes to establish a provincial substance abuse forum, local drug action committees and the development of a provincial plan to combat drug and substance abuse by working with communities to build strong family units.

sihlem@thenewage.co.za

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