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SOUTH AFRICA MASS REHABILITATION

SOUTH AFRICA MASS REHABILITATION
WEDNESDAY 18TH MARCH 2015

Desperate young men and women surround the corner shops of a small farming community in north-eastern South Africa smoking "nyaope" - a uniquely South African cocktail of drugs.

“Nyaope” drug was classified illegal in March 2014, the combined drug of low grade heroin, marijuana, cleaning detergents, rat poison and chlorine has become a core issue surrounding young men and women in South Africa. Addicts say they struggle so much from withdrawal symptoms, they have become thieves stealing from their own families to fund their drug addiction.

It is a scene common across the country, affecting tens of thousands of young people. Nomsa Mahlangu says her family no longer wants to know her because of her addiction, her family have turned their backs on her because she turned to stealing for her hideous addiction to Nyaope.

Despite the disillusionment in the township, one man has decided that there is hope for drug addicts after seeing his own son "wasting his life".

Oupa Segone speaks to BBC News on the growing issue and what he hopes to do for the younger generation hooked on this drug.

Nyaope Mass Rehab
Oupa Segone, the former mayor of Delmas, has opened an unlicensed rehabilitation centre at his farm, about 27km (16 miles) away from the township.

"We can't turn a blind eye and watch as this generation destroys itself," says Mr Segone after receiving a 20-year-old man at the farm desperate to give up smoking nyaope.

Mr Segone uses his own unconventional methods to help the addicts who have been admitted to the rehab centre. He mixes farming, meditation and group therapy - there are no doctors or social workers, and the addicts encourage each other to quit. Oupa Segone is helping these young, fragmented people turn their lives around for the better and bridge the withdrawal symptoms gap in order to be healthy citizens again.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS STORY GO TO:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-31620569

PHOTO CREDIT: BBC NEWS, Oupa Segone: "I only welcome those who come on their own and not those forced by their parents to quit"

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