Whoonga users infiltrate Sheppie taxi ranks

2016-05-05 06:00
PHOTO: sourced Whoonga is a mix of heroin, Ratex and a number of other ingredients, mixed with dagga.

PHOTO: sourced Whoonga is a mix of heroin, Ratex and a number of other ingredients, mixed with dagga.

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MANY whoonga smokers - young and middle-aged - sit in taxi rank corners as they become addicted to the mind-controlling drug, it has been reported.

Port Shepstone Taxi Rank is one of the most whoonga-populated areas on the South Coast as male and female smokers puff and pass around pieces of tinfoil, used to smoke the drug.

Port Shepstone police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid said police officers are aware of this and are working around the clock to fight this activity.

Wiid said many arrests have been made, especially those who sell the drug.

Fever spoke to Port Shepstone Recovery Centre about the number of whoonga smokers they are helping.

Sunny Nagia, centre supervisor said every week they get over 15 walk-ins, many of whom want to get clean, but many, unfortunately, don’t finish the programme, and leave.

Paul Sanele Bors from Gamalakhe, a former whoonga addict has been clean for over 21 days and says he is determined he will not go back again.

Bors said he is glad to part of Port Shepstone Recovery Centre and being in the centre has changed his life.

“Smoking whoonga is not like smoking cigarettes, the drug controls one’s mind and spirit and it turns one into an animal.”

Bors explained how whoonga is smoked.

“Whoonga is a mix of heroin, Ratex­ and a number of other ingredients, mixed with dagga. To smoke it you crush the dagga, mix it with the whoonga and put it on a piece of foil, which is lit and you inhale the vapour through the tinfoil or a straw,” said Bors.

He said he started by smoking dagga­, this led to mandrax before he was introduced to whoonga.

“I started whoonga some time ago when a friend gave me a few scafes. When I had smoked it I got sick.

“The next day when I asked my friend why he told me it was the whoonga kicking into my system, and to cure the sickness I had to smoke more.

“Because of the craving I became a different person.

“I had to steal in order for me to fulfil my craving. I stole from home, my community and little children going to the shop.

“I was an animal,” he said.

Bors said one straw a day was too little.

“I smoked more than 100 straws a day. I was dirty and no one in my community wanted me - this thing controlled me mentally,” he said.

Bors said he met two women from his father’s church in Gamalakhe who helped him.

“One day I met two angels - Mama Mbili and Mabhida - the two played a vital role in my recovery.

“One cannot stop drugs without believing they are a changed person, and without prayer,” he said.

Bors said prayer and admitting you have a problem are the first steps to recovery.

“I decided to get help because I could see I was going to get arrested or I was going to die.”

‘Smoking whoonga is not like smoking
cigarettes, the drug controls one’s mind and spirit and it turns one into an
animal’

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