EThekwini municipality rejects DA’s proposal to establish municipal rehab facilities

Democratic Alliance media statement by Nicole Graham, Cllr

DA EThekwini Caucus Leader


EThekwini municipality rejects DA’s proposal to establish municipal rehab facilities


The failing ANC-run eThekwini Council has rejected the Democratic Alliance’s proposal to establish municipal rehabilitation facilitates. These facilities have been spearheaded in DA-governed metros across the country, and have assisted community members overcome drug dependency.

I put forward the proposal in the form of a notice of motion to the eThekwini Council. The motion requested the Executive Committee to investigate whether setting up municipal rehabs would be feasible, and report back on the progress thereof to Council. It was, however, voted down by the ANC.

Drug abuse has become rampant in ANC-run eThekwini, with poor policing and permeable borders worsening the problem. Whoonga and sugars have completely ravaged Durban communities, with unemployed youth becoming trapped as Durban’s economy stagnates.

The KZN Department of Social Department only has two in-patient rehab facilities. The Newlands Treatment Centre, the only one in Durban, was recently visited by DA leaders. It has a maximum capacity on 100 patients, making it vastly inadequate to address Durban’s drug problems.

eThekwini Municipality has no concrete response to the drug problem. Whoonga and sugars are opiate-based drugs, which are very difficult to withdraw from without proper medical detox. Whilst other cities have set up additional rehabs and shelters, eThekwini has done nothing.

If we do not address the drug problems sufficiently, crime will increase, families and communities will suffer and our tourism market and economy won’t improve.

The DA will continue to propose solutions in eThekwini, which empower our people. I will write to the City Manager and request that this matter is further debated.

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