MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


IFP Calls for A Comprehensive National Strategy
to Combat the Scourge of Drugs

23rd September 2014.

  

The IFP calls for a comprehensive strategy to combat the scourge of drugs, comprising a high-profile public education campaign, treatment and rehabilitation of drug offenders, as well as strict laws and stiff penalties for those involved in the drug trade, after the 2013/2014 Crime Statistics revealed the prevalence of drug abuse in our communities.

 

"The prevalence of drugs and alcohol abuse in our communities is extremely concerning. This tends to promote criminal activity whilst people are under the influence of drugs or are involved in the drug trade which they see as very lucrative. If we do not focus on the demand we will never be effective in combating the supply of drugs. We put a lot of effort in preventing people from starting to use drugs but we place scant focus on the people who have an abuse problem," said IFP National Chairperson, Mr Blessed Gwala.

 

"This country needs a tough stance and use strict laws and stiff penalties for those involved in the drug trade. Drug traffickers are a major part of the problem on the supply side. They make drugs available in our communities and profit from the human misery they help create. This is why tough laws and penalties are needed as ammunition to fight the drug trade. This will send a strong deterrent signal to would-be traffickers. We also need an enhanced vigilance at ports of entry and along our borders," continued Mr Gwala.

 

"We further call on the Minister of Police, Nkosinathi Nhleko, to thoroughly investigate the links between criminals and police. Following the arrest of an ex-policeman last month in Soweto for allegedly renting out police uniforms to criminals, there must be an ongoing national operation to shut down organisations dedicated to theft and extortion. This shows how criminals and their accomplices in the security forces often operate with impunity to commit criminal activities," concluded Mr Gwala.

 

 

Issued by:

IFP National Chairperson, Mr Blessed Gwala, MPL, 078 290 5842

 

For Media Queries:

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