Drug abuse on the rise in Western Cape

Monday marks the start of National Substance Abuse Awareness Week.

FILE: An increase in substance abuse figures has been seen in areas including Manenberg, Mitchells Plain and Nyanga. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Health Department says there has been a drastic increase in the use of tik in parts of the province.

Monday marks the start of National Substance Abuse Awareness Week.

Health and social development MEC Nomafrench Mbombo and Albert Fritz will visit the Cape Town drug counselling center in Mitchells Plain.

Mbombo's spokesperson Siviwe Gwarube says there's been an increase in substance abuse figures from areas including Manenberg, Mitchells Plain and Nyanga.

"We have definitely seen a significant spike in substance abuse, more so with substances like tik, in certain areas in the Western Cape."

Meanwhile, some gang-related offences in Hanover Park have dropped by around a third since the implementation of the Ceasefire Project.

The initiative was rolled out in the area in 2013.

It employs outreach workers and so-called violence interrupters who are trained to deal in conflict resolution.

The City of Cape Town's J.P. Smith says the initiative will now be expanded into Manenberg from September.