Gauteng Social Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza says 153 recovering drug users have stuck with the rehabilitation programme at the Cullinan Care and Rehabilitation Centre.
153 have stayed. They are still at the rehab and have completed three weeks now.. They look physically well.— Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, Gauteng Social Development MEC
Mayathula-Khoza explains that 483 nyaope addicts in Tshwane had initially responded to the call for voluntary rehab, far more than the department had anticipated.
She says while there was a positive response, many of the drug users left after struggling with withdrawal symptoms and cravings during the course of counselling and treatment.
We took them to the rehab, but the numbers were too much and there was a bit of overcrowding. We were able to sort it out.— Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, Gauteng Social Development MEC
Some of them completed the course but other discharged themselves.— Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, Gauteng Social Development MEC
Mayathula-Khoza advises that drug users cannot cope without support from families and communities, particularly when they leave rehab.
She says drug addiction is a social challenge which everyone needs to take responsibility for.
The MEC advises that some of the addicts, who have completed the rehab programme in the past, have received skills training and others have participated in the department's anti-drug campaign.
She has urged business owners and other civic groups to help recovering drug addicts with skills and job opportunities.
Take a listen: