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Ramaphosa: We no longer want drugs & gangsterism in our communities

Speaking at the ANC’s Northern Cape manifesto launch, the president touched on issues including the prevalence of gang violence, drug abuse and violence against women and children in the province.

President Cyril Ramaphosa at the ANC’s Northern Cape provincial manifesto launch on 2 February 2019 at Galeshewe Stadium. Picture: @MYANC/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - President Cyril Ramaphosa has told African National Congress (ANC) supporters in Kimberley the governing party will do more to eradicate gangsterism and substance abuse in communities.

Ramaphosa was speaking at the ANC’s Northern Cape provincial manifesto launch at Galeshewe Stadium.

The president touched on issues including the prevalence of gang violence, drug abuse and violence against women and children in the province.

Ramaphosa says these social ills can no longer be tolerated.

“We no longer want drugs and gangsterism in our communities, and we are going to end them. Those who are involved in drugs and gangsterism must now know that we are coming for you.”

The president says in a bid to tackle the scourge of substance abuse, more social programs will be introduced.

“We are going to give assistance to those who are addicted. We will do so through our drug master plan, we will expend these facilities where we can pay attention to them and we will also prevent vulnerable people from being dependent from these substances.”

WOMEN, YOUTH AND ECONOMY

Ramaphosa says the ANC will ensure women and young people become key players in the economy. He says women and young people have been excluded from economic opportunities for too long.

“We are going to make sure that we build an economy in which young people and women become key players.”

Ramaphosa touched on the contentious land issue and assured that the redistribution process would take place.

“We are going to make sure that as the people are returned to the land, we give them the support that is necessary for them to be able to work the land.”

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)

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