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NYDA aims to curb the use of nyaope

The initiative will look at ways of helping nyaope addicts access rehabilitation and treatment.

FILE: Yesterday, the NYDA launched its “Down with nyaope” campaign in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria. Photo: Louise McAuliffe/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) says it hopes to use sport, recreation and skills development to curb the use of nyaope in the country.

Yesterday, the NYDA launched its "Down with nyaope" campaign in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria.

The initiative will look at ways of helping nyaope addicts access rehabilitation and treatment.

At the same time, a call made by a University of Pretoria professor advocating for the legalisation of the drug continues to be criticised by anti-drug groups.

NYDA Chairperson Yershen Pillay said, "Wage a war against this drug, this devil of all devils that is killing our young people. We flooded the community with product services and programmes to show the young people of Mamelodi a life without nyaope."

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