IFP: Courts Must Show No Mercy to Drug Kingpins

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) calls on the courts to show no mercy to drug dealers and kingpins, in order to save the nation from the drug menace, which destroys lives and communities.

This follows the arrest of an alleged Chatsworth drug kingpin and gang leader in the early hours of Friday morning.

We commend the multi-disciplinary police task force – comprising the KZN Anti-Gang Unit, the National Intervention Unit, as well as the Durban Metro Police – for this breakthrough. The IFP calls for war to be declared against drug kingpins and drug abuse in communities across the province. It is high time that government shows the public that the war against drugs is a top priority, and that no one is untouchable. We want a no-nonsense approach towards drugs and those who are bringing them into communities.

Lives have been destroyed, and the social fabric of many communities has been torn apart by drugs. It is for this reason that the IFP calls on those in the criminal justice system to show no mercy to drug dealers. The courts must impose a harsh punishment on all those involved in the drug trade.

Further, if we are going to halt the misery that drug addiction inflicts on our residents, there has to be a multi-pronged approach. We need to treat and support drug addicts and their families, and importantly, prevent drugs from being easily available in our communities in the first place.

The IFP therefore calls for the war against drugs to target the financiers and kingpins.

Hon Les Govender , MPL
IFP KZN Provincial Spokesperson for Social Development
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