Department of Social Development launches nyaope rehabilitation program

Lesufi said the initiative will be part of the province’s 2030 vision to put young people at the center of political decisions, as well as the economy.

FILE: An addict of the drug cocktail known locally as nyaope prepares to inject the drug in an abandoned building in Johannesburg. Photo: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi has said the Department of Social Development is set to launch a new initiative to rehabilitate young people addicted to the notorious street drug nyaope.

Lesufi said the initiative will be part of the province’s 2030 vision to put young people at the center of political decisions, as well as the economy.

He made the announcement on Friday during the presentation of his new executive at Midrand.

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The Department of Social Development, now headed by Mbali Hlophe, will spearhead the programme.

Lesufi said young drug addicts will be taken off the streets and housed in a state farm for six months before being reintegrated into society.

“The Ministry of Health will give them medicine. The Department of Education will assess them. If they are ready to go to school, we send them to school. We carry the invoice as the state. Those who are talented in sports will do (sports). We want to move on… we’re going to kill that nyaope thing. We cannot deliver our children and young people to nyaope.

Joel C. Hicks