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By TMG Digital | Apr 23, 2016 | COMMENTS [ 8 ]

The harrowing world of drugs and the devastation it causes is explored in a documentary where investigative journalist De Wet Potgieter took the camera crew into the dark underworld of addiction.

Bedwelmd (Drugged) aims to make the public aware of the harm done by giving money to beggars on the streets of South Africa‚ Solidarity Helping Hand said in a statement on Friday.

The documentary show what life is like on the streets and how the people try to escape from the cycle of addiction. It includes interviews with the managers of rehabilitation centres‚ conversations with rehabilitating and former drug addicts and with a couple anguishing over their son’s addiction.

As part of its study‚ 250 staff members from Helping Hand’s 150 branches‚ as well as supporters and volunteers‚ held boards with unconventional messages at traffic lights to beg. Despite of the ludicrous messages‚ the public still gave them money.

“When the public gives money to beggars on street‚ there is a misconception that the money will be used to support their livelihoods‚” said Danie Brink‚ chief executive of Helping Hand.

The documentary was released at the Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria on Thursday and it can be viewed on www.geereg.co.za.




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Apr 26, 2016 6:47 | 0 replies


It is soul-destroying that under apartheid, there were no drug addicts at traffic lights, there were only newspaper boys and girls. Now you see women carrying babies, stoned out of their heads with nyaope, begging.

The ANC is slowly destroying our country.

Apr 23, 2016 11:10 | 1 replies


With great respect, drugs and addicts have been with us here in SA for a while now. Sure, under Apartheid the cops simply removed people from streets and would often simply transport them beyond the city limits and dump them. But the scourge of drugs has been with us a long time.

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