Poli­cies must do more to keep our coun­try from ruin

Daily News - - VIEWS & ANALYSIS -

IT WAS heart-wrench­ing to hear of the re­cent killing of a sub­stance abuser in Dur­ban who was shot at his fam­ily home, af­ter his mom alerted their pri­vate se­cu­rity firm, be­cause he was pes­ter­ing her for money to buy drugs.

Such in­stances of bru­tal­ity could be avoided if proper harm re­duc­tion cen­tres were es­tab­lished to ad­min­is­ter methadone treat­ments and is­sue con­doms to sex work­ers, while ed­u­cat­ing them about the risks in­her­ent in their ac­tiv­i­ties.

We can no longer turn a blind eye to th­ese crimes, as our won­der­ful land is be­gin­ning to im­plode.

Pol­icy re­form must hap­pen na­tion­ally while there is still some­thing to save. CALVIN GOVEN­DER

Pi­eter­mar­itzburg

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