DRUG CONSUMPTION INCREASES IN KZN
By: Sanelisiwe Ndlangamandla
South African youth are reffered to as the “whoonga generation”.
According to the South African Depression and Anxiety group, “drug consumption in South Africa is twice the norm.”
Some of the South African youth dislike this name. ‘I really hate it when old people call us the “whoonga generation” because I don’t take drugs, “said Nothando Madlala (20)
Statistics also shows that there are a number of South African youth who are doing well. In the year 2012, South African matric results were 73.9% which then increased to 78.9% in 2013.
The municipality provides recreational facilities like sports grounds, parks and halls for the youth to keep busy and away from bad habits.
“The biggest problem is that most rehabilitation centers are expensive, no ordinary person can afford to go there, “said Phumlani Mzobe, the youth manager of Hibiscus Coast Municipality.
Parents also play a major role in this situation. Many are willing to do all they can to help their children. Other parents cannot afford to provide supper for their families let alone pay for expensive institutions. “There really is no hope for today’s youth because of whoonga and alcohol,” said Mbali Dladla from Umlazi Township. “Girls can’t even identify the fathers of their babies because of drugs”
For many teenagers, drugs are an escape from reality, as well as a source of social and domestic problems.
This is not the freedom that our heroes fought for. Twenty years into democracy and our youth is experiencing oppression-this time it is self-oppression. There is no question that today’ youth are faced with a different battle which is substance abuse. Every youth must take initiative and fight for a better future.