Police and the CPF in the west of Pretoria have organised a talk to create awareness about the growing number of drug abuse cases.
The talk will be offered by Warrant Officer Hermanus van der Berg (also known as Spook) and Madelaine Beauzec of the CPF and will be held on Friday, 16 November at 19:00 on the rugby field of HTS Tuine.
Beauzec, who is also the spokesperson of the CPF, said the talk was initiated after a new drug known as “herbal blend”, was introduced into the area last week.
“This new drug especially had a major impact on our community, which is why we decided to host the talk,” she said.
“It also made us realise how cunning drug suppliers are in managing to get our people addicted to an illegal substance.”
Beauzec said the safety of the community was of utmost importance.
“Our community is invaluable to us and therefore we ask everyone not to miss this opportunity,” she said.
“We invite residents, children, parents, school principals and teachers to listen to the interesting talk concerning all narcotic substances.”
She said Van der Berg will also have an exhibition about drugs on display.
“The exhibition should make young and old aware of all the unwanted elements in the community that could potentially lead to an addiction problem,” she said.
He was named the best visible officer for 2016 during the Tshwane west cluster excellence awards.
“When you come across him and you are carrying illegal drugs you must know you are going to jail,” Beauzec said.
Late last year, Van der Berg hosted a similar talk in Mamelodi where he addressed the community, liquor traders and school children about the dangers of taking drugs.
“We have realised that drugs have become the biggest problem and our main aim is to have a drug free society,” he previously said.
Van der Berg’s awareness display includes different kinds of drugs, equipment used to manufacture drugs such as cocaine and tools used to take drugs.
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