n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - The Anti-Drug Forum (ADF) : a case for community-based substance abuse education and rehabilitation in post-apartheid South Africa

Volume 2015 Number sed-3
  • ISSN : 1012-8093


The township of Chatsworth in Durban has both a long history of struggle politics from a repressive past of indenture and the apartheid era, as well as an equally long history of substance abuse that continues to 'haunt' the newer generations. Known as a predominantly 'Indian' area, Chatsworth is a vibrant and dynamic community, but characterised by high unemployment rates and other social ills such as drug addiction. The Anti-Drug Forum (ADF), as a community-based organisation, has begun addressing the 'scourge' of substance abuse in Chatsworth with a specific focus targeting youth on the streets and at school as potential users and runners (distributors) in the local drug trade networks. Led by struggle heroes and activists who championed the anti-apartheid movement, the leadership of the ADF has provided social and moral support to the community at large and continues to do so in the lives of youth and substance abusers by creating awareness and providing programs design to meet the needs of the local context. This article is about the ADF and its role in substance abuse education in Chatsworth, as well as the challenges facing the sustainability and of such a community-based organisation.

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