Kwamashu, a nyaope stricken community
Kwamashu K section residents are frustrated over the growing nyaope problem in the area as it has gotten out of hand.
The community members also claim they live in constant fear of having their houses broken into and getting mugged by ‘amaphara’ (nyaope addicts).
Nyaope, also known as ‘Whoonga’ is a local black tar heroin drug which is highly addictive and destructive. It comes in a sort of powder and its common ingredients are Rattex rat poison and antiretroviral treatment (ARVs).
Sbongile Shezi, a resident in Kwamashu said she does not sleep at night as she fears being a victim of burglary yet again.
“I have been targeted by the whoonga boys before. They broke into my house and took most of my belongings, including my handbag which important documents and cards. I had to start everything from scratch. Sleep barely comes anymore because I fear being victimized by the same culprits,” she said.
Shezi added that these drug addicts have mastered a smart way to break into one’s house. She said it’s by burning something to make you fall into a deep sleep while they break-in or cut electrical cables and copper pipes.
Mxolisi Majola, a ward committee member said he has seen a rise in crime in the area and is currently working with the authorities to try and curb the situation.
“We have had complaints regarding burglary and mugging incidents from residents. It has also come to our attention that nyaope is a major challenge in the area. However we have made contact with the police and we are currently working on ways to solve this social issue,” he said.