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Political campaigns focus on youth development

With three weeks to go before the elections political parties are launching the final phase of their campaigns to woo voters.

In his trip to Laudium in Pretoria, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane expressed a need for a narcotics centre to combat drug abuse.

“What we need here is a narcotics unit that will come from the metro police to work against drugs. But the other thing we must do is we must deliver better services.”

Residents say the drug problem is exacerbated by unemployment.

“We live in poverty, we help ourselves here, the ANC (African National Congress) doesn’t do anything for us here. It has its own people that it helps,” says one resident.

The DA has also warned against the use of religion to divide people.

Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) Leader Julius Malema says his party will prioritize all the issues that are still problematic to the young people.

“The ANC failed to implement their policy called the Freedom Charter and they have opened a door for ‘nyaope’ and alcohol abuse because when you don’t have education, you resort to drugs and alcohol.”

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader, Bantu Holomisa took his campaign to the Western Cape.

Also in the Western Cape – this time in Mitchell’s Plain on the Cape Flats – was Congress of the People (Cope) leader, Mosiuoa Lekota who called for harsher sentences for drug dealers.

“The youth of our community is just being destroyed with drug trafficking, this is an extremely serious crime. And that is why in many countries people who dabble in drug trafficking are sentenced to death. In the eastern countries, for instance, because they are seen as killing the young people of the country. We want to change that,” says Lekota.

Political parties are expected to intensify their campaign in the weeks leading up to the elections.

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