Drugs, Risky Sexual Behaviour in Schools Condemned

The Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Buti Manamela, has condemned reports of learners taking drugs and engaging in risky sexual behaviour in school.

This after media reports showed young school children who were filmed taking drugs and engaging in risky sexual behaviour on school premises.

The Deputy Minister said the ministry responsible for youth development is deeply concerned that young people engage in such acts with no consideration for the consequences of their actions and go as far as putting it on film.

“We condemn in the gest terms the acts and encourage the learners to seek help and rehabilitation from such revolting acts,” the Deputy Minister said.

He urged communities and school learners to report those involved in the possession and trade of illegal substances.

“We also encourage all South Africans, particularly the youth, to not give into peer pressure and say no to drugs and illegal substances.”

He said in the case where addiction has occurred, it is important to remember that addiction can be beaten.

“Government appeals to drug users to seek help,” Deputy Minister Manamela said.

“Our country needs young people who will take South Africa forward, and not be a burden on the resources of the country. Drugs and illegal substances are a deterrent to the development of young people and ultimately to a bright future.”

The Presidency said it will continue to work closely with the Department of Social Development and other relevant government departments on strategies to ensure that substance abuse does not destroy the lives of young people. – SAnews.gov.za

Source : SAnews.gov.za