Drugs a tragedy for youth

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Stella Hlong­wane

RE­CENTLY, Grace Mu­gabe said her two sons had “be­come wild and have taken to beer binges and drugs” while in South Africa. How­ever, for South Africans, this heart-break­ing sce­nario has be­come the norm. We have lost our sons and daugh­ters to drugs.

Let us join hands with the po­lice, prin­ci­pals, teach­ers, nurses, doc­tors, com­mu­nity lead­ers, coun­cil­lors and leg­is­la­tors, and with par­ents who ex­pe­ri­ence sleep­less nights. As com­mu­ni­ties, we need to stand to­gether against the on­slaught on our youth. Against those that want to do busi­ness at the ex­pense of our chil­dren.

Amid all this sor­row, we are amazed that peo­ple such as the “dagga cou­ple” can be so brazen as to want to make SA the dagga bas­ket of Africa and the whole world. Is it merely ig­no­rance, or is it the de­sire to en­rich them­selves, that has led them to lay our chil­dren on the al­tar of drug abuse and de­struc­tion?

The dam­age dagga is caus­ing in our coun­try is ram­pant. Some within our com­mu­ni­ties have even lost their minds. We see them ev­ery day on our streets push­ing trol­leys. Young­sters lurk at street cor­ners, to find money for the next fix, when they should be at school.

In fact, prin­ci­pals all over the coun­try are ex­press­ing great con­cern. They say that the chil­dren gig­gle and laugh af­ter eat­ing space cakes (dagga muffins). That af­ter con­sum­ing dagga, chil­dren are ruth­less and ar­ro­gant. In some schools, chil­dren turn to vi­o­lence as they com­pete for cus­tomers, sell­ing dagga to our chil­dren.

Some sell dagga laced with whoonga/nyaope to our chil­dren, to se­cure reg­u­lar clients. Our chil­dren are not safe any­more. Some use dagga to gain sex­ual con­sent from girls. Oth­ers use it to gain the courage to hi­jack cars and break into homes. Young­sters steal from homes and com­mu­ni­ties to feed their habit.

What will be­come of South Africa? Should peo­ple like the “Dagga Cou­ple” not rather go to Colorado and grow green fields there? Why must they bur­den and op­press us fur­ther?

How­ever, as Grace said, let us “not give up on chil­dren, we need to sol­dier on.”

Please rid us of the par­a­sites that are drug­ging our chil­dren. We ask all par­ents, teach­ers and those who share our con­cern for the fu­ture of the young peo­ple of the na­tion, to join us in front of the Pre­to­ria High Court build­ings on the cor­ner of Paul Kruger this month, where we will protest against the le­gal­i­sa­tion of cannabis in South Africa.

Help! Our coun­try is dy­ing. Pres­i­dent, Con­cerned Young Peo­ple of SA

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