Orange Farm – a relatively young township situated about 45 kilometres south of Joburg – is under siege by nyaope addicts, with residents afraid to leave their homes in case they are burgled.
Teenagers and young adults in the area are increasingly becoming hooked on the deadly drug, which is highly addictive mix of heroin and dagga. But while the problem is growing, there is no rehabilitation clinic in the area.
“If you leave home you will come back to an empty house,” said one woman, who described waking up one morning to a flooded yard because addicts had stolen her copper pipes to sell for scrap metal. “Now we use plastic taps outside,” she said….more