School and ADF unite to fight the drug scourge

Smart Club pupils reading the pledge at the informative programme.

Montarena Secondary, Crossmoor Secondary and the Chatsworth Anti-Drug Forum celebrated a ‘Drug-Free Freedom Day’, recently.

The Anti-Drug Forum in conjunction with the Smart Club incorporates the principles of Freedom Day by canvassing the fight against the scourge of substance abuse currently savaging our communities, schools and families.

The director of the Anti-Drug forum Mr Sam Pillay posed the question ‘are you really free if you are not drug-free?’

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He said, “We have a right to a substance abuse free environment. The annual celebration is of South Africa’s first non-racial democratic elections of 1994. It is significant because it marks the end of over 300 years of colonialism, segregation and white minority rule and the establishment of a new democratic government led by Nelson Mandela and a new state subject to a new constitution.”

The holding of the first non -racial elections was the culmination of years of struggle and a negotiated settlement which led to the unbanning of the liberation organisations, the release of political prisoners and the return of exiles and the formal all-party negotiations which drafted an interim constitution.

The 1994 election paved the way towards a new democratic dispensation and a new constitution for the country. The elections took place in a peaceful and festive atmosphere, though there were threats of political violence.

 

 

 

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Yoshini Perumal
Journalist

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