Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini will today launch the department’s festive season anti-substance and alcohol abuse campaign in Nyanga, Cape Town.
The campaign is aimed at creating awareness and educating communities about the negative effects of alcohol and substance abuse on individuals and families.
According to South African Police Service (Saps) statistics, Nyanga reported 2304 drug-related crimes and 186 people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
The department has held dialogues in Nyanga and has established that residents are living in fear as a result of the high prevalence of violent crimes such as murder, rape and gangsterism.
Alcohol and substance abuse impacts negatively on the overall health and well-being of South Africans and costs the government R38 billion a year.
In 2010, President Jacob Zuma established the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Alcohol and Substance Abuse in which he appointed Dlamini as the chairperson.
The IMC is responsible for the coordination of the government’s collective national efforts from prevention, community mobilisation, treatment and law enforcement.