Mom chains tik kop son for safety

2017-10-05 14:02
Buchule Jojo is a teenager from Marikana Informal settlement who has been chained by his mother Nolufefe (Middle) to keep him out of harm. On the right is community leader Xolani Thukwana who raised the alarm after learning of this situation.

Buchule Jojo is a teenager from Marikana Informal settlement who has been chained by his mother Nolufefe (Middle) to keep him out of harm. On the right is community leader Xolani Thukwana who raised the alarm after learning of this situation. (MANDLA MAHASHE )

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A mother’s love has forced a woman to chain her 15-year-old drug addict son to keep him out of harm’s way. 

Nolufefe Jojo, 42, said that she once saved her Buchule from a vigilante killing and she is not willing to risk it anymore so she chains him to a gas cylinder in their Marikana shack so that he does not go into the streets. 

Buchule has been on substance abuse from primary school days when he began sniffing Benzene before graduating to cigarettes, dagga , Tik and to Mandrax. 

Speaking to City Vision Jojo said the boy’s addiction has led him to rob and steal at home and in the neighbourhood. 

“Buchule was a good boy who loved fixing things around the house even the tiling. The ceiling was installed by him but three years ago he started misbehaving. He was fighting in school and he didn’t want to go to school and sometimes I had to force him by taking him there myself,” she said. 

She even sent him to live with his father’s family in King Williams Town but there he met a gang and he continued smoking and stealing from his grandmother. 

“He was sent back here and has continued the bad habits, I have tried sending him to the rehab but social workers say is young. 

I tried sending to Bosasa Juvenile Centre but they refused him entry saying he must referred by a court. In essence he has to do crime and be arrested before he can get helped,” Jojo explained with a worried frown.

She worries that should Buchule be unchained he will rob someone and be caught by the community and killed. 

Marikana informal settlement has become notorious for vigilante killing with as much seven people killed last week. It is reported that thugs retaliated by killing 11 people on Friday night. 

Such incidents validate Jojo’s decision to chain her son to keep him out of harm’s way, she says. 

“I fear for him so much that when he used to break away from the chains I would be even scared to go out when I heard my name being called. I feared the day I get a call telling me that he was killed. I really need help for him and I have not even approached the private rehabilitation centres because I am unemployed I don’t have the money that may be asked of me,” she said. 

When City Vision visited the home, Buchule, seemed quite, shy and smiled a lot, a total different person to the animal his mother described. 

“I have headaches and get extremely angry when I need to smoke. I need to have it so I ravage the house so that they can let me go,” he said. 

He said that he wants to quit smoking but the urges are too much for him, his family says that when he is chained he says this but when the chains are off he runs off to smoke. Buchule finds it difficult to open up but when he did for a few moments he details disturbing incidents in his early years that seem to anger him. 

“When I was maybe 6 years old I overheard my mother and father arguing with him saying that I was not his child. He asked for a paternity test and we went to town and did it. When he we found that that I was actually his, he became nice and bought me pies and stuff.  Few days after that he left with just the clothes on his back and abandoned us,” he said recalling.

He also said that he started smoking after suffering abuse from his aunt. 

He said that he doesn’t want to go back to school but rather up the skills that he has in welding, carpentry and tiling. 

“I am good with my hands. I did the ceiling here at home and I also paved outside but I tore it out when I was angry one time,” he said. 
His mother says he will chain him until she can send him to rehab. 

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