In the shackles of whoonga

2016-08-31 06:00
PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile Wanting to kick whoonga (from left) Edwin Mazibuko, Scelo Ndlela, and Siyabonga Mazibuko. With them is Pastor Magic Khanyile (middle).

PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile Wanting to kick whoonga (from left) Edwin Mazibuko, Scelo Ndlela, and Siyabonga Mazibuko. With them is Pastor Magic Khanyile (middle).

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THREE Edendale addicts want to escape the clutches of whoonga and turn over a new leaf.

Edwin Mazibuko (27), Siyabonga Mazibuko (27), and Scelo Ndlela (31) say they need help in battling their affliction.

Speaking to Maritzburg Echo Edwin said: “I don’t know what I’m going to do to stop this, but I am tired of being a slave to whoonga and really want to stop.

“I would like to continue with life because growing up I had high aspirations for my future and now it seems as if I’ve reached a dead end.”

Edwin started doing drugs to numb emotional pain after his parents died.

“I have been smoking for more than 10 years. I started out experimenting with dagga and quickly moved to Mandrax and then whoonga, which I tried at the suggestion of a friend. It really made me high and after that one trip of euphoria I was hooked and wanted more the next day.”

His twin brother Siyabonga has also been sucked into a life of drugs.

“It is difficult for us to quit because we do not have money and rehabilitation centres are expensive. We are unemployed and struggle even to buy a loaf of bread. That is why we are appealing to anyone who can help us fight this addiction.

“We want to be decent human beings and start looking for jobs and make an honest living. We always worry about what will happen to us if we die, we have no one.”

The brothers said the hardest part about trying to quit on their own is facing the withdrawal symptoms.

“I’ve tried twice to quit, but it didn’t last, the withdrawal cramps are too much. The pain is really bad, you feel like something is eating you up – you get aggressive and the only thing that can make you feel better is another fix.

“You do whatever it takes to get the money to buy more, even if it means committing a crime,” said Siyabonga.

Scelo, who is also addicted to whoonga, says to satisfy their cravings they are forced to steal.

“We rob people because sometimes we cannot afford the R20 or R30 straw for a fresh hit. We have been in and out of jail many times for theft and house breaking. We grew up in jail because that’s where we spent most of our adolescent life.

“We are always the first suspects when a crime happens in the community. People do not see us as humans we are seen as animals who do unthinkable things. Even small children are scared of us, they run away when they see us.”

Pastor Magic Khanyile, who is trying to get the three addicts help, says he has also been a victim of their addiction.

“They once ransacked my house and took all my electrical appliances, but I did not lay any charges against them because I understood the depth of their addiction.

“My priority is to get them help. I want to see the community welcoming them back. We cannot give up on them, they are willing to change so let’s offer them support.”

Khanyile has committed to monitor the three in their fight against the addiction.

“I am here to walk with them in their fight against the addiction. I want to see these boys become respectable members of the community.”

Anyone interested in offering assistance can contact Pastor Magic Khanyile on 072 419 2332.

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