COSAS Challenges Musician “Babes Wodumo” to condemn Drug Abuse Following the Release of her Song Titled “Mercedes”:
The Congress of South African Students has heard the song recently released by musician popularly known asBabes Wodumo which is titled Mercedes. The song speaks about Mercedes which must get ahold of an individual or take over the individual.
The title of the song is the same name of the popular drug in Durban and surrounding townships currently. It is a new kind of ecstasy which is popular as the “killer drug” which killed and saw many learners hospitalised in KwaMashu and other areas earlier this year.
The musician is currently loved by scores of young people and we are concerned by the effect the song may have in escalating the challenge of drug abuse that our society is currently faced with. The students’ movement is calling on the musician to take responsibility for the negative effects this already loved song may have on young delinquents who are generally still trying to find themselves and are still going through an adolescent stage.
COSAS wants to believe that the song is not aimed at motivating young people to heighten the use of the ecstasy drug called Mercedes which is also popularly known as “uMgwinyo or Qoh”. However, there are high possibilities of the message in the song being misinterpreted and resulting in damaging the future of this country.
We are challenging Babes Wodumo to come out boldly to denounce and condemn drug abuse, underage drinking, also irresponsible and unlawful fun. We acknowledge the amount of influence she currently has on young people and we call on her to do the right thing and also contribute in fighting this pandemic.
This takes place when COSAS, the Department of Social Development and Department of Education in KwaZulu-Natal is attempting to get to the bottom of dangerous end of exams parties that take place at the end of terms, where drugs such as Mercedes become the order of the day placing lives of learners, some minors at risk.
Issued by the Congress of South African Students
Zama Khanyase: 0743348248
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