Road show to curb nyaope use in Mamelodi

Councillor Dorothy Maja with officials from the Gauteng department of community safety and members of the Mamelodi CPF.

The Gauteng community safety department has partnered with the Mamelodi East police, metro police, CPF and the Moses Mabhida Foundation to fight the proliferation of nyaope in Phomolong informal settlement.

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During a recent crime awareness campaign in Phomolong, more than 20 drug hotspots were identified, one of which is now called “nyaope street” by locals.

The department said the purpose of the road show was to create an awareness of and educate the community about the dangers of drug abuse.

Pamphlets with information about drugs and rehabilitation were handed out in “nyaope street”

CPF chairperson Eddie Mnguni said the health department, which was also involved, spoke to users about the dangers of “bluetooth” as spreading disease.

Bluetooth is a method through which addicts use syringes to transmit the blood of the most recent user to others to share the high.

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Councillor Dorothy Maja said she was very happy with the road show because it showed that there were people who really cared.

“Phomolong has a really big problem of drug abuse, nyaope in particular, and this campaign will make a difference even if helps only one person,” said Maja.

Police spokesperson, Captain Michael Mbewe said the police had noted the concern of the residents of Phomolong.

“We are saying prevention is better than cure and we want the community to work together with us.”

Mnguni said this was not a once-off crime awareness road show.

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“We have realised that many informal settlements are a hideout for drug users and dealers.”

He invited residents to join the fight. “We are here to help, join us.”

Several young users came forward seeking assistance with placement at rehabilitation centres.

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Stephen Selaluke
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