Department of Social Development launches new television documentary series to combat substance abuse

Thebe Mohatle from the Department of Social Development and Kabelo Mabalane, host of the documentary. Picture: Sizwe Shabalala

Social Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza and Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, with help from celebrity and television personality Kabelo Mabalane launched a television documentary series called Kick It! at the Maboneng precinct.

The 13-part series started on 10 November and can be viewed every Friday evening at 8.30pm on SABC 2. The series looks into the effects of substance abuse at all levels in communities. Kabelo Mabalane, who is one of the ambassadors of Gauteng City Region Social Movement Against Substance Abuse, is also the presenter of this documentary.

Thebe Mohatle, Kabelo Mabalane and Steve Mabona.
Picture: Sizwe Shabalala

The series aims to mobilise communities to join hands with government in increasing efforts to fight substance abuse. The movement is part of the Gauteng Social Development Department’s partnership with Soul City to roll out the campaign ‘Keep it 100’.

Mayathula-Khoza said the documentary is intended as a tool to bring a halt to the growing danger of substance abuse which places society on a path of destruction.

“It proves that as people, we have managed to put aside everything else to address the problem of drugs in communities like we should, as a community. This war can only be community driven and communities must take charge in tackling this social pathology,” said Mayathula-Khoza.

Mabalane, one of the greatest Kwaito artists in the late 90s and early 2000s, has had firsthand experience with drug abuse and has been open about it in the hopes he can help others overcome it. Now more than 16 years sober, he remains dedicated to the cause of pulling others out of the dark place.

Steve Mabona, Kabelo Mabalane, Mbangwa Xaba and Bongani Ndlovu.

Mayathula-Khoza stressed that alcohol abuse destroys lives, families, communities and our society and sadly the young is the most vulnerable. The abuse of substances invariably leads to health complications for users and this places them in danger of diseases such as HIV and Aids, cancer, heart disease and psychological disorders.

Mayathula-Khoza said, “I had it all and I almost lost it all. The road to recovery and redemption and revival is not an easy one but with the right support system and aid, it is possible.”

Mabalane will be driving the narrative of the show from his own personal perspective on a mission to help others to Kick It!

Edited by Stacey Woensdregt

Sizwe Shabalala

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