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NGO seeks inquiry into drug abuse in CT

The organisation's Anthony Hall says the province is in desperate need of intervention by government and police.

Picture: Stock.XCHNG

CAPE TOWN - A Worcester-based NGO wants Premier Helen Zille to immediately establish a commission of inquiry into drug abuse.

The organisation, Recovering Addicts/Alcoholics Empowering Lives, or RAEL, says the province desperately needs such a commission.

Members of RAEL first wrote a letter to the premier's office on 20 November.

The organisation's Anthony Hall says the province is in desperate need of intervention by government and police.

He says girls as young as 14 are using drugs and the rehabilitation centres need to be managed by competent people.

“We are requesting a commission because the drugs have become pandemic in Cape Town. The law enforcement, the lack of rehabilitation centres and the lack of political will have forced us to go this route.”

Hall adds mothers and victims of drug abuse need the assistance of government.