Tshwane intensifies war on drugs
Cosup, which recently partnered with the city, aims to rescue substance users from drug dependency
THE city of Tshwane and the University of Pretoria have joined hands to fight in the continuous war against drug and substance abuse in the metro.
The Community Orientated Sub stance Use Programme (Cosup) seeks to engage with people who use drugs in the community, ideally before their use of drugs becomes a serious problem.
As part of the substance use intervention, they embarked on a tour yesterday to expose the real world of drug abuse in the city.
It started at Melchisedek and Marabastad.
DA leader John Moodey said so far, more than 2300 people had enrolled in Cosup, while 12 000 others had benefited from intensive interventions.
A further 40000 had been reached through awareness and outreach campaigns and 92 rehabilitating substance users were being provided with skills training.
Cosup, which recently partnered with the city, aims to help Tshwane residents through different sites that are being set up in a bid to rescue substance users from drug dependency.
Moodey said the fight against drugs could not be won overnight but work was under way to ensure that as many affected people as possible were assisted.
“The city aims to help rehabilitated drug users get jobs in order to reintegrate them back into our communities,” Moodey said.
Moodey said R40m had been allocated towards supporting NGOs to assist those who were affected by drug and substance abuse.
Local drug action committees and a care buddies programme have been established to allow good Samaritans to engage with substance users in such a way that they would be rehabilitated and reintegrated into the community.
Earlier this month, the city of Tshwane’s Inner City Rejuvenation Programme under Operation led a multidisciplinary team on an operation to intensify the cleaning up of the inner city with a particular focus on removing drugs from the streets.
Mayor Solly Msimanga said derelict buildings in Tshwane often harboured criminals and robbed the city of economic productivity needed to enhance the quality of lives of all residents.
These buildings are often riddled with illegal service connections that contravene the city’s by-laws.
The rejuvenation of the inner city will go a long way to achieving this.
Last month, Tshwane police announced that over the past few months and throughout the festive season, 135 suspects were convicted for possession of drugs.
WAR: The city of Tshwane and the University of Pretoria have joined hands to fight in the ongoing war against drug and substance abuse.