Drugs are a scourge that will erode the fabric of society if it is not attended to. It affects young people, who then resort to crime in order to support their addiction. On Friday, 26 May 2017, at the Metro Police headquarters, the City of Tshwane joined hands with external stakeholders at a consultative workshop and committed to jointly combat the scourge of drugs in Tshwane.
During the consultative workshop, stakeholders pleaded with the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, to take a closer look at police officials because they arrest drug addicts but leave drug dealers alone, and they also take bribes from dealers.
Msimanga said that measures to address drug abuse have resulted in the City engaging with external stakeholders in the fight against substance abuse.
He also said that the approach to dealing with substance abuse has shifted from sending users to jail or to rehabilitation centres where withdrawal and total abstinence are the only aims. The new approach focuses on human rights, harm reduction and health care, as well as early detection and care in the community through relationship-building, support and reintegration into society.
"We want to empower them with skills that will enable them to create jobs for themselves and their communities. This is not only for nyaope users; it is for all young people who are unemployed," Msimanga said.
The City is currently evaluating proposals from NGOs for partnership and support.