The Tik Off Campagin launched today
By Celeste Ganga
9 July 2007
The Drug Awareness Campaign was officially launched by local government on Monday. The Tik Off Week forms part of government's plan to bring a strong focus on the youth.
The campaign which runs from Monday July 9 to Friday July 13, kicked off with a colourful display of entertainment, education and counselling by various NGO’s.
The three core issues that the campaign will be addressing are supply, demand and addiction.
“In Mitchells Plain more than 3000 drug related cases have been reported alone. These statistics are only the cases that they know about,” says Premier of the Western Cape, Ebrahim Rasool.
“There are still many drug related crime cases that still haven’t been brought forward,” says Rasool.
“The Department of Justice will be working together with the Premier. We will be having more police patrolling in all the 12 sectors in Mitchell Plain,” says MEC for Community Safety, Leonard Ramatlakane.
A plan has also been implemented to have more drug rehabilitation centres built. “We are building these four drug rehab centres because the ones that are out there at the moment are not affordable,” says Rasool.
Community members and leaders have also been called on to stand together to fight the scourge of tik.