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Zuma to visit drug-ravaged Eesterust

Zuma said his decision to visit Eersterust was motivated by complaints of high levels of drugs abuse.

FILE: Zuma will be joined by Premier David Makhura, several ministers and local councillors at the presidential imbizo in Eersterust east of Pretoria. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma will today conduct a community imbizo with residents of Eersterust east of Pretoria following a petition by parents asking him to help address the scourge of drug abuse.

The imbizo follows the launch of an anti-drug campaign by members of the Eldorado Park community in Johannesburg, who wrote to the president in 2013 asking him to help the youth.

Zuma will be joined by Premier David Makhura, several ministers and local councillors.

The president said he decided to conduct the presidential imbizo after receiving the petition from parents complaining about drugs, high levels of crime and syndicates.

Drugs such as tik, cat, cocaine, dagga and nyaope are prevalent in the Eersterust community.

According to the latest census results just under half of the working population in the area is unemployed and 75 percent of households are headed by women.

In a statement, Zuma said he wants to hear about the drug and crime problems directly from residents.

The imbizo will begin at 10am.