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Anti-drugs campaign gains momentum in Pretoria

It’s aimed at dealing with the “Bluetooth nyaope” phenomenon where users exchange blood in order to get high.

FILE: A drug addict shows EWN the packaging he buys his nyaope in. Photo: Louise McAuliffe/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A campaign against drug abuse in the Pretoria north townships has gained momentum with officials interacting with over 200 addicts.

The campaign was formally launched by deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa in July.

It’s aimed at dealing with the “Bluetooth nyaope” phenomenon where users exchange blood in order to get high.

More than 200 drug users have been asking for help from the Clean-Up Squad campaign in the area and three months since the start of the anti-drug movement, some are already recovering addicts.

Dicks Legodi says that after 13 years of using drugs, he now wants to quit completely and wishes that his fellow users will also seek help.

“Our brothers and sister, white or black, we need to change our lives and focus on our future so that we can build a wonderful nation.”

Rekhutsitse Malala is the co-founder of the Clean-Up Squad and says the deputy president' s visit has helped raise awareness of the scourge.

“We can actually get the mindset of most of them to stop using and influence their friends top not use as well.”

Malala says a follow-up campaign to raise awareness is scheduled for next month- and says he expects the deputy president to also attend that occasion.