Gauteng Premier Lesufi Says Substance Abuse Is Killing Youth: “Stop the Drug Dealers Comrade”

Gauteng Premier Lesufi Says Substance Abuse Is Killing Youth: “Stop the Drug Dealers Comrade”

  • On Tuesday, Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi expressed deep concern over the impact of drugs on youth
  • During a meeting with faith-based organisations, Lesufi disclosed the number of young people who have died in the past three months
  • South Africans said Lesufi has the power to end the spread of drugs in communities and urged him to use it

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Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi discusses the impact of drugs on the youth
Panyaza Lesufi raised concern about the scourge of drug abuse in South Africa. Image: Papi Morake and Stock photo
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JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi has expressed grave concern about the devastating impact of drugs on the youth.

Alarming increase in youth suicides due to drugs

Addressing a gathering of faith-based organisations in Boksburg, Lesufi revealed that over the past three months, approximately 600 young people have tragically taken their own lives.

Lesufi asserted that it is important for both the government and faith-based groups to unite their efforts in combating the rampant issue of drug abuse.

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Call for unified action against drug abuse

According to SABCNews, he emphasised the urgency of putting an immediate end to this destructive drug trade.

“Even if this is business, this business must come to an end immediately because it’s just wiping a generation. I’m not exaggerating; there is no one that is not affected by this thing, directly or indirectly.”

See images from the meeting below:

SA's concern about youth and drug epidemic

Read some of the comments from social media asking Lesufi to take action against drug dealers.

Msauli commented:

"Guess whose job it is to stop the drug dealers comrade? But that would be asking a bit too much, right?"

Andile Nkosi wrote:

"Election time. They will wake up for the next coming months until the election season is over, then it is back to square one."

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Saneliso Stru shared:

"I am glad I managed to quit nyaope and rock and returned home."

Shumi Lindokuhle asked:

"Who allows drugs to enter the country?"

Yabba Dabba added:

"He just realised that situation now?"

'Sizokthola' host Xolani Khumalo hits the streets calling on Mzansi to join hands and fight drugs

In another article, Briefly News reported that flowers should be given to those who deserve them. Moja Love TV host Xolani Khumalo strives to make Mzansi a better place for everyone.

Sizokthola host is on a mission to keep the streets of South Africa clean. Xolani Khumalo organised a march on Friday, 15 September 2023, heading to the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

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Hilary Sekgota (Head of Desk for Evening and Weekend content) Hilary Sekgota is the Head of Desk for Evening and Weekend content at Briefly News. She completed a BA in Communication Science from Unisa in 2018 and a Diploma in Journalism from Varsity College in 2010. She also passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative. Hilary joined the Briefly News team in 2022 and started her journalism career at Tshwane Sun. She has 12 years of experience covering current affairs and human interest topics. Email:

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