Limpopo Premier Chupu Mathabatha has urged young people in the province to abstain from alcohol and drugs, saying they are designed to stymie and ultimately destroy them.
In a virtual address delivered on National Youth Day, commemorated on June 16, Mathabatha told young people that a bottle of alcohol could not be anything good.
Mathabatha said it is important that young people are alert to the presence of drug pushers and dealers.
“You must always be alert to possible doubtful individuals such as drug pushers and dealers who are constantly looking to lure you into their dark world,” Mathabatha said.
The Premier expressed concern that many beautiful and promising young people end up on street corners as a result of alcohol and drug abuse.
“The use of drugs will always lead to a lonely road toward destruction and peril. Choose your friends carefully,” said the Premier.
He said his message would be incomplete if he failed to mention that gender-based violence is a pandemic.
“Young people must be the leaders in the battle to end violence against women and children in our country. Your voice must also be added to the chorus of those who say the women of this country have had enough.”
He said the challenge for young people is to take advantage of government policies to empower themselves through education.
“You must always remember the judicious words of the late former President Mandela when he said that it is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor; that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine; and that a child of farmworkers can become the president of a great nation,” said Mathabatha.
The Premier reminded everyone that COVID-19 remains vicious and alive, urging Limpopo citizens to continue wearing masks, keeping the necessary social distance and sanitizing as regularly as possible.