Anti Drug Campaign
The prosecutors working in the Soweto Court began to notice a pattern in their criminal cases, which linked children offenders to a history of drug or substance abuse. On a daily basis, these prosecutors noticed that many of the young people filtering through the criminal justice system shared this history and were in trouble as a direct result of it. This sparked the National Prosecuting Authority to create an Anti Drug Campaign.
This campaign is a social responsibility drive run by the prosecutors. They embarked on a carefully structured campaign, which addressed substance abuse and revealed how children were being led into a life of crime due to addiction.
At Bosasa, we decided to use our Youth Development Centre Programme as a way to partner with the National Prosecuting Authority on this valuable campaign. We created these centres in partnership with the Gauteng Department of Social Development. They are a safe place for children between the ages of 14 and 17 who are in conflict with the law.
The children at the Mogale Youth Centre, along with social workers, use drama as a vehicle to promote change within drug-stricken communities. The campaign was introduced to a wide range of schools where the children performed this drama production for their peers.
It quickly became evident that telling others about their circumstances – for example, criminal charges and living in a detention centre – had a strong impact on many who saw the campaign. These children had all been involved in crimes and drug abuse themselves, which meant they were able to give compelling testimonies as to why 'crime doesn't pay'.
Other partners assisting in this campaign include:
- The National Prosecuting Services (Soweto West Rand Cluster)
- Tshepo – an ex-drug dealer who has become a motivational speaker and councillor from Grace Bible Church
Call the Bosasa reception desk on +27 (0)11 662 6000 or email for more information this Anti Drug Campaign.