THE Eastern Cape department of social development has embarked on a campaign to curb the high rate of substance abuse during the festive season.
“The festive season is tarnished by an increase in incidents of misconduct, domestic violence and child neglect which are often caused by alcohol and substance abuse,” social development spokesman Mzukisi Matinise said.
The department of social development in consultation with other departments and stakeholders has launched a festive awareness campaign against substance abuse. The awareness campaign seeks to raise awareness about the major problems that drugs and alcohol cause in families and to mobilise families, communities and civil society towards greater responsibility to protect children and families, especially those in difficult circumstances.
The campaign will be launched at Ekuphumleni Soccer Stadium, Kenton-on-Sea on December 14 at 10am. Social development MEC Nancy Sihlwayi will attend, and at 9am she will lead a march in the community of Kenton-On-Sea to say “No to substance abuse”.
The community of Kenton has been rocked by a number of incidents of dysfunctional families and child rape in recent years. Through interventions by the departmental social workers Kenton was found to be a hot-spot of substance abuse by children and parents, Matinise said.
The theme for the campaign is “Responsible behavior leads to happy families and safer communities”