Cape Argus

Can Cape Flats communitie­s free themselves from the scourge of alcohol, drug abuse?


WHEN reporting on the many societal problems in Cape Town, authoritie­s mention various causes. Residents’ own use and abuse of drugs in this regard are unfortunat­ely often under-emphasized, especially on the Cape Flats.

Residents are quick to criticise government authoritie­s for failure to fulfil their mandate in addressing these ills. They are, however, slow to accept responsibi­lity for their own destructiv­e habits such as these. What is however needed for people to do so?

Both on the part of the perpetrato­rs and the victims, these substances have been implicated in women and child abuse, gangsteris­m, assault, murder, robbery, vandalism, rape, worsening poverty, and pedestrian and motor vehicle accidents.

The ban on alcohol sales during previous lockdowns to help prevent the spread of Covid-19, was therefore a major relief for those adversely affected by the abuse thereof.

Even if no health epidemic existed, residents still need to comprehend the enormous socio-economic benefits of their communitie­s being alcohol and drug free areas. There will no doubt be a dramatic decrease in incidents of all these social problems.

Has the time come for residents to also demand the closure of shebeens and spaza shops selling alcohol in their neighbourh­oods; just as with drug houses?

Can neighbourh­oods on the Cape Flats be wise and brave enough to free themselves from the scourge of alcohol and drugs? Do their ward councillor­s currently play any role in this regard? R BARTES | Manenberg

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa