Kempton in need of drug rehab centre

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KEMPTON Park is in desperate need of a state-owned drug rehabilitation centre.

According to ward councillor Jaco Terblanche, the rise of prostitution, homeless people and substance abuse has led to this urgent need.

“I am pleading with the Gauteng Social Development MEC, Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, to provide the funding for a drug rehabilitation centre in Kempton Park,” he says.

Currently, the only drug rehabilitation clinic in Kempton Park is Elim Clinic and this is a private facility.

The closest state clinics to Kempton Park, Terblanche says, are House of Mercy and SANCA Horizon Clinic, which are both in Boksburg; Makukhanye Centre in Tembisa and the Witpoort Care Centre in Brakpan.

“These centres report to the Gauteng Department of Social Development (DSD) and serve as referral centres for patients identified through the EMM intake process. This department funds the resources necessary for the recovery of patients and there are no financial implications for the patients,” Terblanche adds.

“According to the community services department, the establishment of substance rehabilitation centres is the mandate of the Gauteng Department of Social Development. The metro then partners with the DSD by providing the land to roll out the centres.

“The Democratic Alliance in Ekurhuleni urges the metro to address this issue as it is extremely important that services are made available when needed by the community.”

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