Alcohol Abuse Should Be Given The Same Attention As HIV

02 December 2014. 

The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal calls on government to address the issue of alcohol abuse, as this issue is not being given the same attention as HIV/AIDS and drug abuse, after three matric pupils were stabbed to death in a brawl at an unofficial end-of-exams party in Richards Bay. 

"Enough is not being done at this level, noting that this aspect of the fight has to be done on a similar level as in the case of HIV/AIDS because it is ruining lives and it is impacting negatively on society. In addition, as the IFP we are also sickened by the way the alcohol industry pervades our communities and how helpless we are in its onslaught. This is an issue that is multi-sectorial and it must involve many government departments and other stakeholders in promoting healthy lifestyle practices," said IFP Spokesperson on Education, Mrs Thembeni KaMadlopha-Mthethwa, MPL. 

"We would urge those organising such events to ensure that our students are safe and are allowed to celebrate without alcohol and drugs. We have no problem with students having fun and celebrating at the end of the academic year but these celebrations must not take place at the risk of losing lives. We urge parents to also take responsibility for where and how their children celebrate," continued Mrs Madlopha-Mthethwa. 

"We are also concerned that the granting of licences for liquor outlets continues unabated and villages now have rum shops at many corners, providing ready availability of spirits. We demand that there must be tighter regulating of the licensing process and the limiting of licences. Authorities must also strictly monitor and prevent the sale of alcohol to minors," concluded Mrs Madlopha-Mthethwa. 

The IFP calls on government to intensify its efforts in protecting our children from the scourge of alcohol abuse. 


Issued by:
IFP Spokesperson on Education,
Mrs Thembeni KaMadlopha-Mthethwa, MPL, 071 884 3844 or 079 114 3015 

For Media Enquiries:
Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP KZN Legislature Media Officer, 073 024 5675