WC teen refuses to succumb to drugs

Young boys are faced with daily pressures of taking drugs. A teenager shares his experience.

Young boys are faced with daily pressures of taking drugs. A teenager shares his experience.

CAPE TOWN - A 14-year-old Hout Bay learner says although he often gets offered drugs he will not succumb to peer pressure.

The teenager spoke to Eyewitness News about the difficulties facing youngsters in the Hangberg community.

The young boy voluntarily attends The Lalela Project, an after school programme to refine his artistic skills.

He says he dreams of being a cartoonist to make his peers laugh in a world filled with sadness.

"My favourite subject is maths, but I want to become a cartoonist because I want to make children learn more and I want them to see things in a better way than just normal movies."

He says drugs do cross his path.

"Sometimes I am offered drugs, but I never take it. I see a better future for me and for my body, instead of taking drugs."

At the end of November, Lead SA launched the drug watch initiative which is a joint operation between law enforcement agencies, communities and the media.

Lead SA is an organisation that supports goodness.