‘Families of drug addicts should support them in rehabilitation’

Nhleko says while young people are under the grip of drug and substance abuse communities will not be safe.

FILE: Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko has pleaded with families of those who are addicted to drugs to support them in rehabilitation.

The Justice Crime Prevention and Security Cluster has given details in Pretoria today about the state of South Africa's courts, correctional facilities, crime and festive season readiness, among other issues.

The police minister was accompanied by Justice Minister Michael Masutha.

Nhleko says for as long as hundreds of young people around the country are under the grip of drug and substance abuse communities will not be safe.

"Addicts need all of our support and as society and responsible citizens we need to help them. We further call on community members to stop turning a blind eye towards people who sell drugs in their neighbourhoods and accordingly should report them to authorities."

He adds that there is some improvement in the fight against drug addiction.

"Two treatment centres have been completed, one in Limpopo and another in the Eastern Cape. Land has also been secured for the construction of treatment centres in the Free State, North West and Northern Cape."