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Soweto rehab centre to increase capacity

The centre is trying to increase capacity to accommodate a waiting list of 400 people.

Nyaope concealed in a matchbox. Photo: Louise McAuliffe/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The newly opened drug rehab centre at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital has urged members of the public to be patient as it works through a waiting list of over 400 people.

A Soweto mother has told Eyewitness News how she's trying to get professional help for her son who is addicted to Nyaope and has started stealing from community members.

Sarah Moshapo said she has reached breaking point as her Nyaope addicted son continues to steal from his family and neighbours in Protea.

"He got arrested for housebreaking but I was not sure. He steals from me, everything in the house."

The centre said while it's committed to helping Soweto locals, it's currently only able to admit 20 people at a time.

The centre's Monique Fisher urged desperate parents to be patient as the centre tries its best to increase its capacity.

"I know it's tough, I know they are going through difficult times, but communities are standing behind everybody."

Gauteng currently only has three government owned rehab centres, leaving many parents like Moshapo needing help.