State intensifies war against drug abuse

LAW enforcement agencies have declared war against drugs.

A national drug campaign to fight substance abuse has been intensified, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said at the weekend.

Mthethwa was addressing youth at the 7th Future Leaders Youth Entrepreneurship and Moral Regeneration Conference and Careers Expo in Durban.

"It cannot be morally and socially acceptable that we have within society children as young as 10 years being involved in drugs," he said.

"The government on its own could not address the drug, alcohol and crime problems. Members of society are expected to form part of the efforts to address crime and corruption by participating in community policing forums and, more directly, by reporting crime and corruption to police where they encounter these.

"Drugs are both a crime and a cause of crime. Our premise as a ministry of police is also based on a realisation that unless we engage young people in challenges facing them, including crime, it would be difficult to effectively address these challenges," Mthethwa said.

He urged the youth to consider careers within policing to help fight crime. Part of the department's recruitment drive over the coming years is to increase the number of policemen and women by 10percent.

More than 7000 youths from around the country attended the conference.