Clean living for Jojo

2019-07-04 06:01
Buchule Jojo with his mother Nolufefe Jojo.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Buchule Jojo with his mother Nolufefe Jojo.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Former drug addict, Buchule Jojo, from Marikana Informal Settlement in Lower Crossroads has hailed his mother for saving his life after he had been on drugs for almost four years.

Buchule (17) is currently living a clean life after spending almost two years at the rehabilitation centre.

Buchule, then 15, made headlines when his mother decided to chain him to a gas cylinder in a quest to control his movements and to help him overcome his drugs addiction. (“Tik-head, 15, in chains now safe”, City Vision, 12 October 2017).

In an interview with City Vision at his home in Marikana, on Monday 1 July, Buchule blamed his addiction on peer pressure.

“I started smoking cigarettes and dagga in 2013 at the age of 11. And in 2015, when I was 13-years-old I started using [other] drugs and that is when I started to lose my focus. The following year I dropped out of school in Grade 6 at Mzamomtsha Primary School in Driftsands,” he said adding that he was using mandrax and methamphetamine also known as tik.

Buchule added that he then became violent and started robbing people and stealing.

“My mother used to tie me to a gas cylinder because she didn’t want me to go out. She even sent me to Mfuleni to stay with my uncle in an effort to save me,” he said.

Buchule said the social workers sent him to De Novo Rehabilitating Centre, in Kraaifontein, where he stayed for eight weeks. He was later transferred to Outenikwa Child and Youth Centre, in George, where he stayed for one year and seven months. He now doesn’t smoke anymore.

“In George, I was supposed to stay for two years but they discharged me earlier with five months left because of good behaviour,” he stated adding that he came out with a hospitality certificate that he studied for while he was at the centre.

Buchule’s mother Nolufefe (43) said she couldn’t believe when she first saw him. “Buchule has really changed. I didn’t chain him because I wanted to make fun of him. I wanted him to stay indoors and stay away from. I wanted him to change. I’m glad now that he is living a clean life,” she said. The single mother of four said she started noticing that he was smoking in 2016. “He was always aggressive and used to fight with everyone in the house especially his older brother.”

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