Beitbridge residents express concern over influx of drugs

By Innocent Nxumalo

THE community of Beitbridge has expressed concern over the influx of drugs in the country through porous border points.

With the nation reeling from the effects of illegal substances supplied through porous border points, Beitbridge is fast becoming another epicenter of drug abuse.

“As a community settled along the border where these drugs are smuggled. We are suffering the most. Our future leaders succumb to this growing scourge. We really need to put our heads together to overcome this unpleasant development,” said Chief Tshitaudze.

The parents of the children in the community fear for their youth.

“We are in the eye of a storm, the future of our children is in abyss. Drug dealers and their networks are within our communities. We need serious anti-drugs abuse campaigns here. Youths must be roped in to lead these campaigns because they are the ones who know about these underhand dealings. It takes a thief to catch a thief,” said some of the parents.

The sharp increase in cases related to drug abuse was confirmed by Beitbridge District Medical Officer Dr Lenos Samhere.

“As a health institution we are dealing with a steady increase of cases with symptoms related drug abuse. It is a sad development which has trapped many of our youths,” said the Doctor.

Government has since deployed a special security taskforce in the border town, while at national level an Inter-Ministerial task force on drug and substance abuse has been set up.