Tackle the nyaope curse

I watched the programme Cutting Edge on SABC1 with great disappointment.

I watched the programme Cutting Edge on SABC1 with great disappointment.

It was about the nyaope (drug) problem that has turned the once-beautiful, respected township of GaRankuwa into a shambles.

It is used by schoolchildren and has caused considerable damage.

I was embarrassed to see the township that made me what I am today shown on national TV in such a negative light.

Parents in GaRankuwa do not sleep because of the drug problem and everyone knows about it.

But nobody feels it is their responsibility to rescue these young people.

The fact is that the education department, police, politicians and community turn a blind eye as the problem becomes worse. I believe collective action is needed to help.

I was in Zimbabwe recently and in spite of all the bad things happening there, drugs are not part of daily life.

If you are caught in possession of drugs in Zimbabwe you will spend at least three years behind bars.

Anyone who watched the programme or who knows those addicted to nyaope will agree that our communities, especially blacks, are facing serious moral decay.

I feel sorry for the teachers who try their best to turn these kids into professors.

Nyabela Pelle, Rustenburg

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