In Cape Town, the TB/HIV Care Association organised a community march which started at the Eastridge premices of the Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre and move through the community of Mitchells Plain – an area reported to have the highest levels of drug use and gangsterism in South Africa. During the march, a number of signatures were collected in support of the campaign. Other activities included participation in the interactive photo project by the Cape Town drug user network.
An event was also organised in Durban, at the Durban University of Technology, including knowledge sharing and cultural activities with poetry, maskandi, pop and jazz artists, short talks from experts and personal stories from current and former drug users. Local celebrities and the cardinal also gave messages of support for the campaign.
For more information about the events that took place throughout South Africa this year, click here to read the full report.
- Cape Argus (AM Edition) – 28 Jun 16 – Stop war on drugs, increase support p.8
- Daily News (Deadline Edition) – 27 Jun 16 – Pilot plan for addicts p.1
- Daily News (Deadline Edition) – 28 Jun 16 -Durban demonstration outcomes beneficial p.5
- People’s Post (Mitchell’s Plain) – 28 Jun 16 – Calls for drug policy reform p.2
- Berea Mail – 24 Jun 16 – Support, don’t punish p.7
- Cape Talk: Radio interview with Shaun Shelly
- SAFM Morning Talk 24 Jun 16 Support Don’t Punish Campaign: Radio interview with Monique Marks and Jamie Bridge
- Lotus FM Newsbreak 24 Jun 16 Support Don’t Punish will be hosted at DUT
- East Coast Radio The Breakfast Stack 23 Jun 16 DUT Support Dont Punish Campaign
- The Daily Vox: “I don’t like smoking whoonga anymore but being unemployed isn’t helping either”
- News 24: Calls for drug policy reform
- IOL: Pilot plan for addicts
- IOL: Durban demonstration outcomes beneficial for drug users
- IOL: Goundbreaking methadone trial for Durban drug addicts
- SABC Digital News: SA joins rest of the world to mark the 29th Inter’l Day against Drug Abuse
- Berea Mail: Support, don’t punish
- Durban University of Technology: Support don’t punish drug users