Eldorado Park march against drugs

GP Premier and MEC Faith Mazibuko are attending a march against drugs and child abuse.

Eldorado Park residents raise concerns about substance abuse in their area. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Residents of Eldorado Park are preparing for a march against drug abuse among children.

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and MEC for Community Safety Faith Mazibuko will attend.

The march is being held following a government intervention by President Jacob Zuma and several cabinet ministers to rid the community of drugs and the abuse of children.

Community members will march through the Johannesburg community before holding a prayer service at a local church.

Mokonyane's spokesperson Thebe Mohatle said, "The march is organised as part of the broader intervention programme to address issues around drug abuse, child abuse and domestic violence."

Meanwhile, one of the mothers who blew the whistle on drugs says the community is already buzzing with excitement.

Dereleen James said, "This is all in line with Child Protection Week. Everybody is quite excited about the march. We just hope our actions will speak volumes and our kids can get help."

James wrote a letter to President Jacob Zuma which led to the closure of almost 20 lolly lounges.

A few weeks ago, a presidential task team was established to deal with the escalating levels of drug use and child prostitution.

The team included a number of cabinet ministers and government officials.

In a meeting with parents during his visit to the community, Zuma promised to deal with the problem.

A week after his visit, Mokonyane together Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa revealed that almost 20 lolly lounges had been shut down and numerous drug related arrests made.

The task team promises to continue fighting the scourge of drugs and prostitution in the area until it is normalised with regular feedback.