Mom wants drug addicted son jailed

2012-08-16 08:41
A mock tik lab. (File, AFP)

A mock tik lab. (File, AFP)

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Cape Town - A 52-year-old woman has told of her mixed emotions over her drug addicted son whom she finally reported to police - and why she thought he would be better off in prison.

Bridget van Ballo from Mitchells Plain in Cape Town told the Cape Argus that her son Leeroshe became a menace when he started using drugs at the age of 12.

He stole from her, trashed their house and tried to stab her many times. When he tried to stab her in the eye three months ago, she reported him to police.

Numerous visits to rehab clinics over the years did not help to cure him of his addiction to tik and Mandrax.

On Tuesday, she said she was “sick with nerves and slight feelings of regret. At the end of the day he is still my son and I love him, but he needs to learn a lesson”.

“He will stay clean for two or so days after rehab then go back to the streets to get drugs. He has tried to stab me numerous times.

“On time when I slipped and fell in front of him, he looked me straight in the eye and said ‘you should have died’,” she said.

Van Ballo said since he was in custody, there was peace in her home.

He is now awaiting sentencing.

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