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Ramaphosa plans campaign against Bluetooth nyaope use

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says the scourge of substance abuse in Pretoria's townships is rife and communities should try to find solutions to deal with the issue.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa addressing the multi-stakeholder dialogue meeting in Soshanguve. Picture: GCIS.

SOSHANGUVE - Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa says he will embark on a campaign against Bluetooth nyaope in Pretoria's townships.

He says the scourge of substance abuse in those areas is rife and communities, working together with government, should try to find solutions to deal with the issue.

Ramaphosa was speaking at a dialogue in Soshanguve, where substance abuse and gender based violence was discussed.

Ramaphosa says communities should take charge of their children’s future.

He says he is worried by the so-called Bluetooth phenomenon, where drug users share blood to get high.

“And the very first one in my book is to embark on a campaign against Bluetooth Nyaope.”

The practice sees blood being drawn from a drug user who has just got high using nyaope or other narcotics and transferred to another addict via a syringe.

In February, drug users in the capital told Eyewitness News the practice commonly referred to as getting a 'Bluetooth high' is not a new phenomenon.

Ramaphosa says there needs to be action.

“The community on Soshanguve must unite and say we’re going to start a massive campaign.”

The Social Development Department has also launched a campaign where drug users will be screened and admitted to care facilities.

WATCH: The Bluetooth High

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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