This came out of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA)’s campaign to take down Nyaope in the Pretoria east township. The campaign aims to curb the spread of addiction and hopelessness amongst communities around South Africa, starting in Mamelodi. Harsh warnings were issued to youth about the dangers of drug abuse while alternatives such as sport, recreation, education and skills development were presented.
According to NYDA Executive Chairperson, Yershen Pillay, “Every family or household in Mamelodi East has a Nyaope user, many of them school children. Nyaope is an evil turning our friends, brothers, sisters and cousins into hardened criminals, willing to steal and beg for their next fix. Children as young as 6 and 7 years old are being bullied and abused and turned into addicts.”
Nyaope is a toxic concoction which is a mixture of dagga or weed and heroin is said to have originated in the township of Mamelodi before it spread to communities around the country. Community members have continued to express outrage at the ongoing abuse of Nyaope amongst the youth, young men and women are caught in the grip of drug addiction and resort to violent crime on a daily basis to support their habit.
“We want to offer youth an alternative to drug abuse like skills development, education or entrepreneurship. As the NYDA we are all about second chances and urge all young people to make use of the SANCA second chance treatment, rehabilitation and skills development centre in Mamelodi. Nyaope must fall and youth need to be at the fore of leading the war against this social scourge,” said Pillay.