Youth drinking


Youth drinking


25 Nov. 15

THESE days, most people will agree with me that the majority of the youth irrespective the community they come from, are expected to act responsible. They are also expected to know about sex education and what they should do if they are sexually active. They should also know the different types of drugs such as cocaine, nyaope, Indian herb and alcohol and how they affect their lives.

These have been the main contributing factors of a high percentage of young people who don’t get to matriculate in our country.

A census report in Roodekop ext.31 Germiston on the 21st of November 2015 shows that most individuals that are found in local taverns around their homes range between 16-25 years of age and are all either exposed to drugs or sexually active. 80% are boys and 20% are girls.

It is advisable to try and keep our youth in school so that they can be in a position later on in life to become productive using the skills and experiences gained in school.

How do we make sure that our youth stays responsible and gets to educate the next generation.

Dineo Munthali is only 7 years old and passes a tavern in Roodekop ext. 31. Germiston, and every morning on her way to school and on her way back home she sees young men standing across the road drinking beers and smoking every single. “I ask myself don’t they go to work or have a home”, Dineo said.

“The loud music really gets under my skin late at night when am about to sleep and get ready for school the next morning” said 17 year old Luanda Nkomo.

When Natalie Mabutho was asked on how she thinks taverns in residential areas are becoming a weakness to our youth and how she thinks it could affect her children she said, “Yes, it’s making it easy for them to get alcohol since it’s close to home; it’s like they do not have an excuse for not getting drunk. It affects them in a way that, they are not safe to be around and we all know how badly most drunken people behave. Our children might think it’s cool and would want do the same as they grow. I think as a society we must all come together and say no to taverns in residential areas”, Natalie said.

Lovemore Chuma thinks that most of the taverns in residential areas do not have proper restrictions on things like age and also time frame thus encouraging bad behaviour. He went on to elaborate that the reason why these taverns do not practice all this is simple because most of them are operating illegal.

“I fear that my children might inherit some of the bad behaviours they see by the taverns and also the loud music that will impact on their sleep in the night. I am willing to ask the government to allocate these entrepreneurs space in non –residential areas and if it fails I will encourage other parents to stand up against these improper business practises”, said Chuma.