Tik-head, 15, in chains

Buchule Jojo,-in chains. His mother Nolufefe, and community leader Xolani Thukwana, who raised the alarm after learning that the boy is in chains.  PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe
Buchule Jojo,-in chains. His mother Nolufefe, and community leader Xolani Thukwana, who raised the alarm after learning that the boy is in chains. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Nolufefe Jojo’s love for her tik-addict son once forced her to throw her body between him and an angry and murderous mob, so his life could be spared.

And now, fearing for the worst, has decided to chain him to a post, to keep him out of harm’s way.

Buchule,15, started by sniffing, smoking dagga and the tik, at a much younger age, causing his mother grief.

She has now decided to shackle his to a gas cylinder as a result.

Last week, City Vision published this story on its website, and since then, Jojo has been inundated with calls from social workers.

She was even referred to the Wynberg Juvenile Court, from where Buchule was sent to the De Novo Rehabilitation Centre in Kuilsriver.

Buchule suffers hallucinations and derangement symptoms because of his addiction to tik- which contain the harmful substance or chemical called methamphetamine- and Mandrax.

When the City Vision team first visited the Jojo homestead in Marikana on Wednesday 4 October, they were met with the grim image of the teen chained to the cylinder.

The mother of four boys and one girl, said that the boy’s addiction had forced him to rob and steal at home and in the neighbourhood.

“Buchule was a good boy who loved fixing things around the house, even the tiling and the ceiling was installed by him but three years ago he started misbehaving.

He was involved in fighting at school and then didn’t want to go to school, leading me to take him there myself,” she said.

She said even sending him to live with his father’s family didn’t help as he continued to smoke(the substance) and to steal.

“He was then sent back here and he continued his bad habits. I have tried to send him to rehabilitation but social workers told me that he was too young.

I tried to send him to a juvenile facility called Bosasa but I was told that he had to be transferred by the court there.

In essence my son had to do crime and be arrested before he can get the help he needs,” Jojo explained.

She said that her fear was that if her child is let loose he will rob someone and be caught by the community and killed.

“I feared for him so much when he would break the chains and run away,”

Speaking to City Vision at the time, Buchule, who looked shy and withdrawn, said: “I suffer headaches and get extremely angry when I need to smoke ... I need to have it, so I ravage the house so that they can let me go,” he said.

He said that he wants to quit smoking but the urges are too much for him, He recalled the story of his father denying paternity as the reasons he resorted to smoking to ‘heal’ the pain of being rejected.

He alleged that even as the test result came back positive, said mean absconded from his responsibilities.

Buchule said he is no longer interested in his education but would rather take up welding and capentry.

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