22 June 2015
The Department of Social
Development in the Western Cape said it is important to find the root causes of
social ills in our communities which often include drug and alcohol abuse.
This as today marks the
beginning of Substance Abuse Awareness Week.
MEC Albert Fritz said over the
last five years the department has doubled its budget in fighting substance
In terms of improvement of
access the department has twenty-five drug treatment sites with the recent one
being opened in Mitchell’s Plain.
MEC Fritz said the Department
of Social Development is now spending almost R92.6 million rand on substance
abuse programs that is the funding for more than 24 treatment centres in the
MEC Fritz said this is the
huge increase to what they inherited when they came into power in the Western
“We also want to make a call
to all parents who have children affected by drugs that they take them to the
nearest police station or social development centre so that they can assist
them with help, and for treatment so that they can be rehabilitated.” MEC Fritz
Labels: R96.2million on drug substance abuse