Stakeholders in Bulawayo have proposed to resuscitate recreational centres to reverse the rise in the number of juveniles taking illegal substances such as dagga and broncleer.

Parents, government officials and different organisations met at Mpopoma High School in Bulawayo to map the way forward following the death of Farai Moyo who was allegedly beaten to death by drunken juveniles at Patapata bar in Mpopoma high density suburb.

Police arrested more than 30 juveniles after the incident.

A proposal to close some city beer halls was made at the meeting after it emerged that they were flouting council by-laws by selling alcohol to the under 18s.

Parents raised concern over the non-arrest of drug lords in the city.

The Minister of State for Bulawayo Province, Cde Judith Ncube said they will work with stakeholders in the city to minimise and end the abuse of drugs by juveniles.

Illegal drugs have become a common feature in the streets of many cities in Zimbabwe with most of them coming from neighbouring countries.