Drugs a tragedy for youth
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