Duo quits drugs for better life

2018-05-31 06:00
Samuel Modise urges young people to respect their parents and not indulge in drugs.PHOTOS: MZWANELE MKALIPI

Samuel Modise urges young people to respect their parents and not indulge in drugs.PHOTOS: MZWANELE MKALIPI

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They have been addicted to drugs for as long as they can remember, but now the duo want to be an example in their communities.

For Siphelele Mkhona and Samuel Modise being accused of theft, robber and practically anything that goes wrong in their kasi, was a tag they had lived with for many years.

But they both realise drugs are not “good” for anyone as it destroyed the dreams they had growing up.

“Being hooked on drugs almost cost me my life. To get my next fix, I ended up robbing people, burgling and all sorts of bad things. Drugs are not good, especially tik, and I want to warn people against even experimenting with it,” says Mkhona, who started smoking cigarettes as Grade 8 learner.

He told City Vision influences such as bad friendships also played a role in the path his life took. Before he knew it he was addicted to drugs.

Like most children, Mkhona grew up with many dreams of a bright future. But he watched his dreams go up in smoke as his addiction worsened.

“Although I did well at school, I dropped out in Grade 10. My addiction starting with a cigarette, before I moved on to dagga and tik.

“And before I knew it, I was suspected for anything criminal which occurred in my area,” he says, adding that his family opted to send him to the Eastern Cape in a bid to help him.

But he continued using drugs.

In December 2017, after the funeral of his friend, he came to the realisation that he had to stop.

“I found myself trapped and could not find joy anymore. I had already lost a lot in my life. I decided to go to church after several invitations.

“Since that day, I have not looked back. I can proudly say that I have been drug-free – and I did it without the help of counsellors or being booked into a rehabilitation centre,” he says.

Mkhona has stopped all forms of smoking, but admits it was not easy. He says since making that choice, things have turned for the better in his life.

“God has helped me, so that I can also help others in their lives. This is why I decided to share my story, so it can also inspire others.

“I know it’s not easy but it can be done. I wish I could have a platform to share my story with young ones in schools, so they can know the dangers that drugs hold,” he says.

Modise, who has lost his job and is forced to beg on the streets to survive, also urges youths to respect their parents, pray every day and believe that “God will make miracles”.

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