IFP: WAR AGAINST DRUG LORDS MUST BE INTENSIFIED

 

Hon Les Govender MPL
IFP KZN Spokesperson on Social Development
083 974 4894

 

The IFP calls on security forces to crack down on the drugs trade and no one should be spared, even if they are top politicians or their relatives.

This comes after the Hawks made a R4 million drug bust at an upmarket Zimbali home recently.

We commend the Hawks for this breakthrough. But the IFP calls for war to be declared against drug lords and drug abuse. It is high time that government proves to the public that the war against drugs is intensified. We want a no-nonsense approach against drug lords. In this war against narcotics, no one is too prominent to be arrested even if they are politicians, security officers, cabinet ministers or the child of a prominent person.

Drugs have a devastating effect on society and the main victim of drugs is and will continue to be those young people who are ensnared into taking drugs and becoming addicted to them. Combating organised crime and improving security is good for our country and directly contributes towards the security and safety of our province and the country as a whole.

The IFP believes that dealers who peddle drugs that are lethal or addictive should be locked up for a very long time — for the rest of their lives, in some cases. If drug dealers are carrying around deadly poisons that kill people, why shouldn’t that lead to life sentences or massive fines? Let’s make the punishment fit the murderous crime.

Drug kingpins are running rings around us because of the unwillingness and inability of law enforcement agencies to act swiftly and decisively against them. Most countries have effective laws for bringing drug traffickers, dealers and pushers to book.

The IFP calls on courts to show no mercy to drug dealers. Drug dealers do not deserve sympathy from the courts and that life is not about taking short cuts and making a quick buck. Courts must join forces with law enforcement agencies in combating the evil by imposing harsh sentences on drug dealers and by so doing send a strong message that they will be dealt with severely. Courts would fail in their duties if they did not send out a strong message to current and future drug dealers that if they do not abandon their trade and profits from drugs they will be punished to the full extent of the law.

The IFP says the war against drugs must target the financiers and kingpins.