A local non-profit organisation, the Clean Up Squad, has appealed for support from the community and local business in its effort to help nyaope addicts.
Squad founder Khutsi Malala said this week that the NPO urgently needed funds to assist the addicts in the area.
“We need funds to assist 10 other addicts to go to rehab. Any contribution will really help. Addicts need transport money to go to sessions with social workers, to go to the clinic and rehab itself. I can’t do it alone. Please help with anything you can,” said Malala.
The squad was formed with a purpose to address issues of youth unemployment, drug abuse, women and children abuse and to build a skills centre.
Since its formation last year, it has already taken 150 addicts to rehabilitation centres and helped them with skills training.
Reflecting on why he started the campaign, Malala said he was touched by the horrible story of nyaope addicts who had to exchange to share blood to get high, also known as bluetooth.
Malala has been credited with assisting scores of addicts with going to rehab.
He is currently writing a book about his experience with the more than 150 nyaope addicts with whom he said he went to primary school.
The squad intended to equip the addicts and unemployed youth with journalism and farming skills.
“We have already spoken to a number of community radio stations and community newspapers,” Malala explains.
“After addicts complete their detox programme, we want to place them in those media houses.
He said that some farm owners in and around Tshwane had also volunteered to take some of the rehabilitated addicts and train them to farm.
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