New drug rehab centre opens in Mamelodi

Gauteng government has opened a new halfway house at Mamelodi West in Tshwane to cater for the community and surrounding areas suffering from drug dependency.

Gauteng Social Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza says the Second Chance Recovery Centre was started by a young person, Skhumbuzo Jele, who was supported by his mother.

It was an old age home, and it was no longer being used, and they decided to convert it into a halfway house to address problems of drugs in Mamelodi West.

Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, Gauteng MEC for Social Development

It's the only one being opened in Tshwane so far.

Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, Gauteng MEC for Social Development

The MEC says Mamelodi is one of the communities hardest hit by drug abuse.

There is a street called nyaope street in Mamelodi. So, it's important to help those people who come from Mamelodi.

Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, Gauteng MEC for Social Development

The centre will help people stop using drugs, through counselling and treatment.

We want to say to young people who are using drugs that drugs destroy young people and harm families.

Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, Gauteng MEC for Social Development

We want them as future leaders to be sober so they can help grown the economy of this country.

Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, Gauteng MEC for Social Development

Listen to the audio below to hear more about the drug abuse problem facing Gauteng...

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