Drug Abuse: Need Goverment to take responsibility for drug trafficking and abuse
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We call on all Rehab and Self restoration facilities involved with the treatmant of substance abuse as well ass all family members, friends and loved ones of addicts to please assist us in our endeavor to lobby Parliament for stricter and more effective laws in the fight against drug abuse Please assist by sending us suggestions, letters and testimonies of your own experiences. We need to rid this nation of drugs in order to save our children (We losing a generation and families tearing apart) We desperately need your input and on request we guarantee your annonimity. Please contact me for further information or any questions you have or send your contribution to email@example.com We will also have a hand written petition for schools, churces and people with no internet Regards Hannelie (Photo from Internet)
Kosmos Angels NPO (Reg no2016/243561/08
Cel no: 0725690393
24 November 2016
Ministry of Health
Ms Malebona Precious Matsoso
cnr Thabo Sehume and Struben Streets
PETITION REQUEST FOR GOVERNMENT TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE INCREASING DRUG ABUSE AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN SOUTH AFRICA
The Revised National Drug Master Plan 2013 – 2017 states:
“The impact of alcohol and substance abuse continues to ravage families, communities
and society. The youth of South Africa are particularly hard hit due to increases in the
harmful use of alcohol and the use and abuse of illicit drugs.
The use of alcohol and illicit drugs impact negatively on the users, their families and
communities. Alcohol and drugs damage the health of users and are linked to rises in
non-communicable diseases including HIV and AIDS, cancer, heart disease and
psychological disorders. Users are also exposed to violent crime, either as perpetrators
or victims and are also at risk of long-term unemployment due to school dropout and
foetal alcohol syndrome, being in conflict with law and loss of employment. The social
costs for users are exacerbated due to being ostracized from families and their
communities. In acute cases users are at risk of premature deaths due ill health, people
involved in accidents as well as innocent drivers, violent crime and suicide.
The harmful use of alcohol and drugs exposes non-users to injury and death due to
people driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and through being victims of
violent crime. Socially, the families of addicts are placed under significant financial
pressures due to the costs associated with theft from the family, legal fees for users and
the high costs of treatment. The emotional and psychological impacts on families and
the high levels of crime and other social ills have left many communities under siege by
the scale of alcohol and drug abuse.
The revised National Drug Master Plan 2013 – 2017 and the work done by the Inter Ministerial
Committee on Alcohol and Substance Abuse seek to address these
challenges. The Inter-Ministerial Committee has worked on policies, laws and
strategies that seek to reduce the supply and demand for alcohol and illicit drugs.”
Extensive work is also being done to improve treatment for addicts and other harm
reduction modalities The National Drug Master Plan complements the work of the Inter Ministerial
Committee on Alcohol and Drug Abuse by guiding and monitoring the actions
of the government departments to reduce the demand for and supply of drugs and the
harm associated with their use and abuse.”
It goes further to give us an undertaking that:
“At the 2nd Biennial Anti-Substance Abuse Summit in Durban, President Jacob Zuma
pledged his support and the support of Parliament and national and provincial
authorities to combating substance abuse in South Africa.”
It is noted in the Revised Master Plan 2013 – 2017 that:
“The NDMP sets out the contribution and role of various government departments at
national and provincial level in fighting the scource of substance abuse. It also
recognizes the need for a significant contribution to be made by other stakeholders in
In reviewing the NDMP 2006 – 2011, the CDA identified several challenges and
impediments that need to be addressed and incorporated with the NDMP 2013 – 2017.
It is generally accepted that a single approach such as criminalizing or decriminalizing
substances or abusers will not solve the problem. Instead, a number of strategies
should be applied in an integrated way. The commonly recognised strategies applied in
the NDMP 2013 – 2017 are: demand reduction, supply reduction and a localized
version of harm reduction. The key specific outcomes derived from a review of the
NDMP 2006 – 2011 are described in the NDMP 2013 – 2017 in terms of the basic
concepts of monitoring and evaluation (Public Service Commission of South Africa,
2008). These outcomes are listed below.
1. Reduction of the bio-psycho-social and economic impact of substance abuse and
related illnesses on the South African population
2. Ability of all people in South Africa to deal with problems related to substance
abuse within communities
3. Recreational facilities and diversion programmes that prevent vulnerable
populations from becoming substance abusers/dependents
4. Reduced availability of dependence-forming substances/drugs, including
5. Development and implementation of multi-disciplinary and multi-modal protocols
and practices for integrated diagnosis and treatment of substance dependence
and co-occurring disorders and for funding such diagnosis and treatment
6. Harmonization and enforcement of laws and policies to facilitate effective
governance of the supply chain with regard to alcohol and other drugs
7. Creation of job opportunities in the field of combating substance abuse”
This petition serves as a request for Government to become more transparent of the progress made and projects still underway. To make public aware of what has been accomplished since 2013, up to date statistics on the success of this Revised Master Plan and the final aim, goals and objective to be reached.
As citizens of South Africa, loved ones of those affected by drug abuse, parents of our country’s youth being endangered by the lack of Government participation in the eradication of drug abuse, trafficking and human trafficking, we demand that the following are given urgent and immediate attention as we as citizens of South Africa have a constitutional right to be protected against the dangers of Substance abuse, drug trafficking and human trafficking.
We demand that:
1. More urgency is given to establishing of a National Drug Squad which must be monitored by against corruption within its own ranks.
2. A National Human Trafficking Division set up to combat the increase in Human Trafficking which is mainly for the use of prostitution in the drug trade. Once again strong anti-corruption monitoring must be put in place
3. South African Drug Dealers as well as Nigerians and other Illegal and foreign immigrants involved in drug trading and human trafficking be given life sentences without parole. That a public register is set up containing all details of those found guilty in a court of law for Drug Trading and Human Trafficking
4. More state Rehabilitation Centers are made available with rehabilitation programs for a minimum period of 6 months instead of incarcerating those found guilty of substance abuse and this must also be extended to substance abusers seeking help but cannot afford rehabilitation fees.
5. Diversion programs are set up and monitored for those found guilty of Substance Abuse and possession of Drugs for own use. This should be extended to those who have completed a drug rehabilitation program out of their own accord and cannot afford after care programs
6. After care programs are set in place and Safe Houses where tradesmen ship and other training is provided to those who have been put through drug rehabilitation programs, This is to enable them to find employment and stay sober.
7. A grant is given to assist families where the addict is the provider or parent of his/her household while the addict is under rehabilitation and in the aftercare program
8. All possessions are seized from drug dealers found guilty in a court of law, all goods sold and together with money seized is put towards the fight against drugs and the rehabilitation of drug addicts.
9. Secure State Safe Houses are set up for those seeking to escape the dangers and intimidation of Drug Dealers and Human Traffickers.
10. Drug Awareness be made a compulsory part of the education curriculum and that all parents of school going children are by law forced to take part in at least quarterly feedback meetings regarding Drug and Human Trafficking current updates through Parent Teacher meetings held by the schools that their children attend.
Hannelie Nieuwenhuys for Dagboek van ‘n Ouer and Kosmos Angels NPC
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