'Community members should name and shame drug dealers', Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said on Sunday. She was speaking in Chiawelo, Soweto, outside the house of a 92-year-old woman, who was hacked to death on Thursday allegedly by her 38-year-old grandson. The grandson apparently went to the woman's house and demanded her pension money, which he allegedly wanted to use to buy drugs.
Mokonyane said in that in memory of the woman, the community should help to shut down "lolli lounges"(houses where drugs users gather to smoke tik) and arrest drug pushers. Distressing however is the current push from government to implement 'harm reduction' as within the Drug Master Plan. Although this term 'harm reduction' sounds innocent, the term implies the use of 'needle parks' and handing out of drugs with tax payers' money. Many within the communities accross South Africa are increasingly becomming dissatisfied by this new drive, to promote the use of drugs under the youth under the disguise of 'harm reduction'. They also argue that the Nkosis of all the areas were never consulted regarding this plan to have these 'special places', where the youth can come to fetch drugs for free.
The current questions that move amongst the communities are the following: 'How can we name and shame them...if our own legislators push, through harm reduction, drugs into the communities' 'Some pharmaceutical firms are indeed going to make big bucks, having all these addicts on 'cronic meds'.'
Mokonyane called for the drug houses in Chiawelo to be shut down and that parents who allowed children to smoke drugs are needed to be held accountable for this. However, many in the community is watching and waiting to see if this call will also be followed up by taking action and rid the National Drug Master Plan of 'harm reduction' that include the dishing out of drugs amongst the youth.